Graham Greene (1904-1991)

A selective list of online literary criticism for the mid-twentieth-century English novelist Graham Greene, favoring signed articles by recognized scholars and articles published in peer-reviewed sources


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introduction

"Centennial for Author Graham Greene." On the life and works of Graham Greene. Podcast from National Public Radio, Oct. 2004.

Herlinger, Chris. "Imagining Greene in Islamabad." Harvard Divinity Bulletin 39, 3-4 (Autumn 2011).

Nordgren, Joe. "Graham Greene." An introduction to Greene, from the Literary Encyclopedia 30 March 2005 [subscription service].

Raven, Simon; Martin Shuttleworth. "Interview: Graham Greene, The Art of Fiction." The Paris Review 3 (Autumn 1953).

Royal, Robert. "The (Mis)Guided Dream of Graham Greene." A short biography of Greene, discusses his relationship with Catholicism. From the Catholic magazine First Things Nov. 1999.


literary criticism

Benz, Stephen. "Graham Greene and Cuba: A Commitment." Confluencia 4, 1 (Fall 1988) pp 109-17 [first page only, blurred, jstor].

Bergonzi, Bernard. A Study in Greene: Graham Greene and the Art of the Novel (Oxford UP 2006) [complete book, sub ser, questia].

Breuer, Hans-Peter. Reviews Maria Couto's Graham Greene: On the Frontier. Politics and Religion in the Novels and two other books on Greene. Modern Fiction Studies 35, 2 (Summer 1989) pp 93-99 [excerpt, muse].

Burgess, Anthony. "Politics in the Novels of Graham Greene." Journal of Contemporary History 2, 2 (April 1967) pp 93-99.

Diemert, Brian. "Pursuit of justice: Graham Greene's refiguring of the detective story in It's a Battlefield." Papers on Language and Literature Summer 1994 [sub ser, questia].

Diephouse, Daniel. "The Sense of Ends in Graham Greene and The Power and the Glory." On Greene as a traditional realist (as compared to the modernist authors Virginia Woolf and James Joyce). The Journal of Narrative Technique 20, 1 (Winter 1990) pp 22-41 [first page only, blurred, jstor].

Finn, James. "Graham Greene as Moralist." First Things May 1990.

Gallix, Fran├žois. "Graham Greene's Revisions in The Power and the Glory." Web site of the Harry Ransom Center, Univ. of Texas Austin, Fall 2008.

Higdon, David Leon. A review of Judith Adamson's Graham Greene: The Dangerous Edge. Modern Fiction Studies 37, 4 (Winter 1991) pp 793-4 [excerpt, muse].

Jones, Grahame C. "Graham Greene and the Legend of Péguy." Contends that Greene's sense of Péguy as a Promethean figure, "willing to damn himself in protest against the damnation of others," preoccupies Greene's novels from Brighton Rock through The Heart of the Matter. Comparative Literature 21, 2 (Spring 1969) pp 138-45 [first page of article only, blurred].

Mankiewicz, Joseph L. "Quiet American; Mankiewicz Version of Novel by Greene." A review of Joseph L. Mankiewicz's 1958 film version of The Quiet American. The reviewer begins, "It is evident that Joseph L. Mankiewicz has a better opinion of the title character in Graham Greene's The Quiet American than the British novelist had." New York Times 6 Feb. 1958.

Nehring, Ned. "Revolt into Style: Graham Greene Meets the Sex Pistols" [Brighton Rock, "The Destructors," teddie boys, punk subculture]. PMLA 106, 2 (March 1991) pp 93-99 222-37 [first page only, blurred, jstor].

Noyce, Phillip. "Greene's Quiet American [2002] Comes to Screen." Also an interview with Phillip Noyce, the director of a 2002 film based on Greene's The Quiet American. Podcasts from National Public Radio, Nov. 2002.

Scannell, James. "The method is unsound: the aesthetic dissonance of colonial justification in Kipling, Conrad, and Greene." Scannell contends that Conrad, Rudyard Kipling, and Graham Greene, in their three fictions, Kipling's Plain Tales From the Hills, Conrad's Heart of Darkness, and Greene's The Heart of the Matter, all thought British imperialism was "better" than the imperialism of other countries. Style Fall 1996 [sub ser, questia].

Snyder, Robert Lance. "'Shadow of Abandonment': Graham Greene's The Confidential Agent." On the strengths of a novel that Greene cast as one of his "entertainments." Texas Studies in Literature and Language 52, 2 (Summer 2010) [excerpt, muse].

Wendorf, Thomas A. "Greene, Tolkien, and the mysterious relations of realism and fantasy" [and J.R.R. Tolkien]. Renascence Fall 2002 [sub ser, questia].


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