A Life in Letters
Edited by Richard Greene
W. W. Norton, $35, 480 pp.
The popular view of Graham Greene (1904-91) holds that he was, as a person, enigmatic, elusive, or, as editor Richard Greene (no relation) writes, “a fugitive from our inquiries.” Therefore, the editor says, he has selected these letters from thousands “to clear the stage and to give the life back to its subject.”
The person or persona that emerges from the letters is not markedly different, however, from that implied in various...
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