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By Neil Sinyard

This quantity explores Graham Greene's literary profession. between different issues, it explores his factors for writing; the literary and cinematic impacts that formed his paintings; his writing regimen and the significance of his formative years adventure. Greene used to be elusive, enigmatic and this booklet teases out the fiction from his autobiographies, the autobiography from his fictions, sharing Paul Theroux's view that you could be no longer comprehend Greene from his face or speech "but from his writing, you recognize everything".

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Graham Greene 2 How did Greene write his novels? By the 1930s he had established a writing routine that he was to stick to for the best part of his life. m. and write for two hours. He would write 500 words – in old age, this was reduced to 300 – and he would count them carefully in the margin as he wrote. When he reached the requisite number, he would stop, however well the writing was going. He wrote always by hand in tiny, almost illegible handwriting on large foolscap. This prevailed until Travels With My Aunt, whose looser, more open structure seemed to demand unlined sheets: it was written on plain typing paper.

It takes its epigraph from Joseph Conrad (‘I only know that he who forms a tie is lost. The germ of corruption has entered his soul’) to preface a tale of fidelity and betrayal that Conrad said were the driving themes of his own work. A reference to Rider Haggard’s Allan Quatermain in Part 3 Chapter 3 is both a reminiscence of a childhood favourite of Greene’s and, more significantly in the context of the novel, a revelation of Castle’s idealisation of himself as an adventurer in Africa. Amongst other references, there are allusions to Trollope, whom Hargreaves reads as an analogue to his mood and a novel of whose is Castle’s last present from his contact, Mr Halliday; and in the final part of the novel, when stranded in Moscow, Castle takes to reading Robinson Crusoe, recognising that, like Crusoe, he too has no soul to speak to or confide in.

He also always claimed that he did not set out to search for 36 Graham Greene material, that the theme or situation would come to him and could develop out of something quite tiny. An example of this would be The Third Man, which he claimed basically developed out of a single sentence written on the back of an envelope (that envelope would be a real collector’s item now . . 6 As is well known, Greene was in the habit of jotting down his dreams with a view to using them in some way in his fiction.

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