The film tie-in edition of Brighton Rock - now a major film starring Helen Mirren and Sam RileyGraham Greene was born in 1904.
On coming down from Balliol College, Oxford, he worked for four years as sub-editor on The Times. He established his reputation
with his fourth novel, Stamboul Train. In 1935 he made a journey across Liberia, described in Journey Without Maps, and on
his return was appointed film critic of the Spectator. In 1926 he had been received into the Roman Catholic Church and visited
Mexico in 1938 to report on the religious persecution there. As a result he wrote The Lawless Roads and, later, his famous
novel The Power and the Glory. Brighton Rock was published in 1938 and in 1940 he became literary editor of the Spectator.
The next year he undertook work for the Foreign Office and was stationed in Sierra Leone from 1941 to 1943. This later produced
the novel The Heart of the Matter, set in West Africa. As well as his many novels, Graham Greene wrote several collections
of short stories, four travel books, six plays, three books of autobiography - A Sort of Life, Ways of Escape and A World
of My Own (published posthumously) - two of biography and four books for children. He also contributed hundreds of essays,
and film and book reviews, some of which appear in the collections Reflections and Mornings in the Dark. Many of his novels
and short stories have been filmed and The Third Man was written as a film treatment. Graham Greene was a member of the Order
of Merit and a Companion of Honour. He died in April 1991.