A chance discovery of lost papers in a shop cellar in Ealing, unexpected connections, lost friendships rekindled at the funeral of a Catholic priest: thus, not unlike one of Green's own novels, began Bill West's search to find the truth about one of the 20th century's most important writers. Through intensive and scrupulous detective work, West has uncovered new material (letters, galleys of Greene's novels and FBI documents) which explain the aspects of Greene's life which have eluded biographers and readers. Told as a detective story, this book exposes the reasons of Greene's sudden self-imposed exile, his fascination with the mafia, his loathing of America, the origins of his obsessions with Catholicism, and espionage and his own involvement with MI6.
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The Quest for Graham Greene, an intentionally selective, intriguingly suggestive portrait, probes hitherto unexplored facets of the Anglo-Catholic novelist (1904-91). Among them are a nervous breakdown at age 16 that sent him to a London psychoanalyst who introduced him to spiritualism and the literary avant-garde; Greene's Byzantine ties to British intelligence, which continued long after his 1944 resignation from MI6; and his involvement in a tax-fraud scheme that led to exile from England in 1966. In approved postmodernist fashion, W. J. West uses the first person while recounting his diggings in various archives.Review:
West even works in clues from Greene's novels, which are more factual than many realize, resulting in a real cloak-and-dagger bio. -- Entertainment Weekly
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Book Description Trafalgar Square, 1997. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M0297818228