Graham Greene: Still dangerous after all these years

By | September 14, 2011

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The writings of Graham Greene, author of such 20th-century literary classics as The Third Man, Our Man in Havana and The End of the Affair, among so many others, continue to delight and challenge readers even long after his death in 1991. Indeed, fans and scholars alike flock to the author's hometown of Berkhamsted, England each year to participate in the renowned Graham Greene International Festival and celebrate Greene's remarkable body of work.

For those who can't make the trip to Berkhamsted, Dangerous Edges of Graham Greene: Journeys with Saints and Sinners — now available from Continuum in the UK and hitting shelves in the US on November 17th — will surely provide both solace and stimulation. Editors Dermot Gilvary (former Director of the Graham Greene International Festival) and Darren J. N. Middleton (Professor of Literature and Theology at Texas Christian University, USA) have here gathered together a brilliant series of essays culled from some of the fourteen-year-old Festival's most remarkable and insightful talks by writers, journalists and scholars. Readers can explore everything from Greene's fraught relationship with Evelyn Waugh to the influence on his work of Joseph Conrad, from his unconventional portrayal of fictional women to the importance of psychoanalysis in understanding his works. What better way to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Greene's death than with this collection of vital explorations of his life and work?

Includes a Foreword by David Lodge and an Afterword by Monica Ali.

(Jim Wagner, editorial staff)

More praise for Dangerous Edges of Graham Greene:

"As someone who thought he knew a fair bit about Graham Greene, this book taught me a wide range of fascinating things and proved, yet again, the richness of Greene in that he continues to entertain, challenge and excite us long after his passing."
Tim Butcher (author of Chasing the Devil: A Journey through Sub-Saharan Africa in the Footsteps of Graham Green)

"Brings together some of the most innovative contemporary research on an essential modern author. Full of vitality and insight, Dangerous Edges will become indispensable to both scholars and aficionados."
Richard Greene (Professor of English, University of Toronto, Canada and editor of Graham Greene: A Life in Letters)

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