Influences: Graham Greene

Henry Graham Greene (1904-1991) was the “breakthrough” writer.  He managed to walk that thin line between the pulps and literary acclaim that nearly all pulp writers failed to accomplish while they were alive.  He drew the line himself, referring to his work as either ‘entertainments’ (thrillers) or ‘novels’ (literary works).  He brought a Catholic perspective to his world of moral ambiguity.

He spent much of his life travelling to wild and remote places.  He was even recruited by MI-6 to serve in Sierra Leone during World War II.  He used the people he met on his travels as fodder for his characters in his work.  He briefly assisted revolutionaries in Cuba acting as a courier for Fidel Castro’s rebels.  Later, he voiced his displeasure with what Castro and his revolution had become.

Must Reads:

A Gun for Sale (This Gun for Hire) (1936)

Journey Without Maps (1936)

The Lawless Roads (1939)

The Confidential Agent (1939)

Ministry of Fear (1943)

The Third Man(Novella) (1949)

The Quiet American (1955)

Our Man in Havana (1958)

A Burnt-Out Case (1960)

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