These wide-ranging tales of menace, tragedy, and comedy offer ample proof that "in the short story, as well as the novel, Graham Greene is the master" (The New York Times).
Written between 1929 and 1954, here are twenty-one stories by a "master storyteller" (Newsweek). Whatever the crime, whatever the pursuit, whatever the mood-from the tragic and horrifying to the ribald and bittersweet, Graham Greene is "the ultimate chronicler of twentieth-century man's consciousness and anxiety" (William Golding).
In "The End of the Party," a game of hide-and-seek takes a terrifying turn in the dark. In "The Innocent," a romantic gets a rude awakening when he finds a hidden keepsake from a childhood crush. A husband's sexual indiscretion is revealed in a most public and embarrassing way in "The Blue Film." A rebellious teen's flight from her petit bourgeois life includes a bad boy, a gun, and a plan in "A Drive in the Country." In "A Little Place off the Edgware Road," a suicidal man's encounter with a stranger in a grubby cinema seals his fate. A young boy is ushered into a dark world when he discovers the secrets adults hide in "The Basement Room." And in "When Greek Meets Greek," a clever con between two scoundrels carries an unexpected sting. In these and more than a dozen other stories, Greene confronts his usual themes of betrayal and vengeance, love and hate, faith and doubt, guilt and grief, and pity and pursuit.
Graham Greene (1904-1991) is recognized as one of the most important writers of the twentieth century, achieving both literary acclaim and popular success. His best known works include Brighton Rock, The Heart of the Matter, The Quiet American, and The Power and the Glory. After leaving Oxford, Greene first pursued a career in journalism before dedicating himself full-time to writing with his first big success, Stamboul Train. He became involved in screenwriting and wrote adaptations for the cinema as well as original screenplays, the most successful being The Third Man. Religious, moral, and political themes are at the root of much of his work, and throughout his life he traveled to some of the wildest and most volatile parts of the world, which provided settings for his fiction. Greene was a member of the Order of Merit and a Companion of Honour.
- The Destructors
- Special Duties
- The Blue Film
- The Hint of an Explanation
- When Greek Meets Greek
- Men at Work
- Alas, Poor Maling
- The Case for the Defence
- A Little Place off the Edgware Road
- Across the Bridge
- A Drive in the Country
- The Innocent
- The Basement Room
- A Chance for Mr Lever
- A Day Saved
- I Spy
- Proof Positive
- The Second Death
- The End of the Party
- About the Author
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