Spotlight: Graham Greene
Graham Greene was one of the most important and popular English writers of the mid-twentieth century and his works are defined by that century. The Blitz (The End of the Affair – 1951), the Vietnam issues (The Quiet American – 1955), and British colonialism (The Heart of the Matter – 1948) —all these things are fading fast from living memory but are the basis for his very engaging stories. There is in his writing a lasting relevance; he reported on the human condition and drew searing insights into it. His novels are still to be enjoyed as are the movies that were produced based on many of them.
Listen to NPR’s Scott Simon reflect on Greene’s books, learn more about the author from the website Greeneland: the world of Graham Greene and explore the New York Times topics on Graham Greene.