Graham Greene (1904-1991), whose long life nearly spanned the
length of the twentieth century, was one of its greatest novelists.
Educated at Berkhamsted School and Balliol College, Oxford, he
started his career as a sub-editor of the London
Times. He began to attract notice as a novelist with his
fourth book, Orient Express, in 1932. In 1935, he trekked
across northern Liberia, his first experience in Africa, told in
A Journey Without Maps (1936). He converted to Catholicism
in 1926, an edifying decision, and reported on religious
persecution in Mexico in 1938 in The Lawless Roads, which
served as a background for his famous The Power and the
Glory, one of several "Catholic" novels (Brighton
Rock, The Heart of the Matter, The End of the Affair).
During the war he worked for the British secret service in Sierra
Leone; afterward, he began wide-ranging travels as a journalist,
which were reflected in novels such as The Quiet American, Our
Man in Havana, The Comedians, Travels with My Aunt, The Honorary
Consul, The Human Factor, Monsignor Quixote, and The Captain
and the Enemy. As well as his many novels, Graham Greene wrote
several collections of short stories, four travel books, six plays,
two books of autobiography, A Sort of Life and Ways of
Escape, two biographies, and four books for children. He also
contributed hundreds of essays and film and book reviews to The
Spectator and other journals, many of which appear in the late
collection Reflections. Most of his novels have been filmed,
including The Third Man, which the author first wrote as a
film treatment. Graham Greene was named Companion of Honour and
received the Order of Merit among numerous other awards.
Christopher Hitchens is a widely published polemicist and frequent radio and TV commentator. He is the author of many books, including Why Orwell Matters, Letters to a Young Contrarian, The Trial of Henry Kissinger, as well as books on Cyprus, Kurdistan and Palestine, including Blaming the Victims coedited with Edward Said. He is a contributing editor to Vanity Fair and writes for, among others, Slate, The Atlantic Monthly, The New York Times Book Review, and The Washington Post. He lives with his family in Washington, D.C.
The ultimate chronicler of twentieth-century manAEs consciousness and anxiety. (William Golding)
As comical, satirical, atmospherical an AEentertainmentAE as he has given us. (The Daily Telegraph, London)