Today marks 25 years since the death of one of the great writers of the 20th century, Graham Greene.
Henry Graham Greene was born on 2 October 1904. His father was a teacher and Green was a boarder at one of the schools, Berkhamsted School, Hertfordshire, where his father taught and became headmaster. Unhappy at the school, he attempted suicide several times. He attended Balliol College, Oxford where he studied history. After university he worked first as a private tutor and then as a journalist. He converted to Catholicism in 1926, after meeting his future wife, Vivien Dayrell-Browning.
Graham Greene’s first novel was published in 1929 – The Man Within and it was the success of this novel which enabled him to work full-time as a novelist although he continued as a freelance journalist, writing book and film reviews.
Like Virginia Woolf who we met in March, Graham Greene suffered from bipolar disorder.
He died aged 86 in Vevey, Switzerland on 3 April 1991 of leukaemia.
Further reading : the Graham Greene wikipedia page, Seeds of fiction : Graham Greene‘s adventures in Haiti and Central America, 1954-1983, The man within my head : Graham Greene, my father and me and Shades of Greene : one generation of an English family