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The Unquiet Englishman


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Richard Greene is a professor of English, and the director of the graduate program in creative writing at the University of Toronto. Editor of Graham Greene: A Life in Letters, he lives in Toronto, Ontario.


"Diligently researched... [A]n astute and sympathetic biography." -- D.J. Taylor - Wall Street Journal
"Authoritative and thoroughly researched, while being superbly readable... [The Unquiet Englishman] should long serve as the standard biography [of Graham Greene]." -- Dan Cryer - Boston Globe
"[Richard Greene] displays an authoritative grasp of his subject. In a brisk and transparent style, he covers every chapter of Graham Greens' tumultuous life." -- Mary Ann Gwinn - Minneapolis Star Tribune
"As [Graham] Greene's rate of book and film production increases, the narrative becomes a dizzying merry-go-round of travel, publication, sex, alcohol, religion, money, adultery, self-loathing, intrigue and betrayal...[The Unquiet Englishman] bounds along with fluency, clarity and wry humour." -- John Walsh - Sunday Times
"Thank goodness for Richard Greene, whose splendid one-volume biography...conjures [Graham Greene] in all his perplexing variety...Cogently argued and happily free of jargon, [The Unquiet Englishman] offers a long-needed antidote to 'dirty linen' biographers who have sought to expose a darker shade of Greene and, in consequence, lost sight of the books. At last Graham Greene has the biographer he deserves." -- Ian Thomson - Evening Standard
"Cause for celebration...[Richard Greene] gives us a nicely written and well-judged cradle-to-grave portrait that needed to be conventional and unshowy, and is all the better for it...[He] has mastered a tremendous amount of material." -- Nicholas Shakespeare - Spectator
"[Richard Greene] writes briskly and engagingly, with a wry wit and an endearing fondness for trivia and puns...[Graham] Greene emerges from these pages in three dimensions, as a uniquely fascinating man...We badly needed a sympathetic but clearheaded life of Greene, and this book fills the gap admirably." -- Jake Kerridge - Sunday Telegraph
"Insightful... Though the narrative never loses its focus on Greene as an artist, readers will learn much about the daunting ideological barriers that Greene pushed through to craft his art... A complete portrait of a many-faceted titan." -- Booklist (starred review)
"Greene's life story is both interesting and fascinating, and this balanced account offers the best reading of how his personal life infused and enriched his work." -- Library Journal (starred review)
"Vivid...it's awe-inspiring that Greene fit so much into a single life, and it's no small feat that his latest biographer has so skillfully captured that life in a single work." -- Publishers Weekly

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