Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Favorite Author: Graham Greene

Graham Greene (1904 - 1991) has been a favorite of mine since I read The Heart of the Matter while working my way through the Modern Library's list of Top 100 Novels of the 20th Century.

Greene was a prolific author, writing novels, short stories, poetry, plays, screenplays, travel books, memoirs, essays, and criticism.  He wrestled with Catholic religious themes in much of his work, as well as political and moral issues.  He traveled widely and his books are set in all around the world.

Below is a list of Greene's novels and short story collections.  Those I have read are in red; those currently on my TBR shelves are in blue.

If anyone else is working through Greene's bibliography, and would like related posts listed here, please leave a comment with a link and I will add it.

The Man Within (1929)
The Name of Action (1930) (out of print)*
Rumour at Nightfall (1931) (out of print)*
Stamboul Train (1932) (also published as Orient Express)
It's a Battlefield (1934)
England Made Me (1935) (also published as The Shipwrecked)
The Bear Fell Free (1935) (short stories; out of print)
A Gun for Sale (1936) (also published as This Gun for Hire)
Brighton Rock (1938)
The Confidential Agent (1939)
The Power and the Glory (1940) (also published as The Labyrinthine Ways)
The Ministry of Fear (1943)
The Heart of the Matter (1948)
The Third Man (1949) (novella)
The End of the Affair (1951)
Twenty-One Stories (1954) (short stories)
The Quiet American (1955)
Loser Takes All (1955)
Our Man in Havana (1958)
A Burnt-Out Case (1960)
A Sense of Reality (1963) (short stories)
The Comedians (1966) (reviewed here)
May We Borrow Your Husband? (1967) (short stories; reviewed here)
Travels with My Aunt (1969)
The Honorary Consul (1973)
The Human Factor (1978)
Doctor Fischer of Geneva or The Bomb Party (1980)
Monsignor Quixote (1982)
The Tenth Man (1985)
The Captain and the Enemy (1988)
The Last Word and Other Stories (1990) (short stories)
No Man's Land (2005) (posthumously published)

* Greene repudiated these two early novels and they were never reprinted. In his autobiography, he stated, "Both books are of a badness beyond the power of criticism properly to evoke."


  1. Our Man in Havana and The End of the Affair are the favorites of those I've read, for entirely different reasons. Our Man is really funny, and The End is thought-provoking and nuanced. I've read it twice, once in audio read by Colin Firth.

  2. I fell in love with Graham Greene when I read The Quiet American. I've read a few of the others, and have a couple on my shelf waiting to read.


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