Biography of Graham Greene
Graham Greene was a twentieth century novelist.
When and Where was he Born?
2nd October 1904, Berkhamstead, Hertfordshire, England.
Graham Greene was the son of the Headmaster of Berkhamstead School.
Berkhamstead School, which he ran away from Balliol College, Oxford University.
Timeline of Graham Greene:
1925: Greene produces “Babbling April”, a book of verse.
1926: He becomes a Roman Catholic. Begins working as a Sub-Editor for “The Times” newspaper.
1927: He marries Vivienne Dayrell-Browning in October.
1929: Publication of “The Man Within”.
1932: Greene begins reviewing books for “The Spectator” magazine.
1934: He goes on the first of his major travels, this time to Liberia. Begins writing film critiques for “The Spectator”.
1937: Becomes a co-editor and film critic for the journal “Night and Day”. Travels to Mexico.
1939: He writes his first film script.
1940: Becomes Literary Editor and Drama Critic for “The Spectator” and work for the Ministry of Information during the Second World War.
1941: He wins the Hawthorden prize for his novel “The Power and the Glory”. Works for the Foreign Office in Sierra Leone.
1943: He returns to London still working for the Foreign Office.
1940: Greene becomes a Director at the publishers firm of Eyre and Spottiswood.
1945: Becomes a book reviewer for the London newspaper the “Evening Standard”.
1948: He speaks at Les Grandes Conference Catholique in Brussels. Visits Czechoslovakia and then Vienna which is to appear so effectively in “The Third Man”.
1949: He wins the James Tait Black Memorial Prize for the novel “The Heart of the Matter”.
1951: He makes a visit to Indochina.
1952: Greene wins the Catholic Literary Award for “The End of the Affair”. Visits Indochina again to work for the magazine “Paris Match”.
1953: Visits Kenya for the newspaper the “Sunday Times”.
1954: He is sent by “The Sunday Times” to Indochina. Also visits Haiti and Cuba.
1955: Visits Indochina and Poland for “The Sunday Times”.
1956: Back in Haiti.
1957: He visits, Cuba, China and Russia.
1958: Greene visits Cuba and becomes a director of the publishing firm The Bodley Head.
1959: He visits Cuba and the Congo.
1961: Greene is made an Honorary Associate of the American Institute of Arts and Letters. Visits Tunis and Russia.
1962: He is given an Honorary Degree by Cambridge University.
1963: He becomes an Honorary Fellow of his old college, Balliol, Oxford. Visits Cuba and Haiti again, Goa and also East Berlin.
1965: Visits the Dominican Republic.
1966: He settles in Antibes, France, where he is to live for the rest of his life.
1967: Greene is awarded an Honorary degree by the University of Edinburgh. Visits Israel for “The Sunday Times” and Sierra Leone and Dahomey.
1968: He wins the Shakespeare Prize in Hamburg. Visits Istanbul.
1969: Greene is awarded the Chevalier de la Legion d’Honneur by the French Government. He visits Paraguay, Argentina and Czechoslovakia.
1970: He visits Argentina.
1973: He wins the Thomas More Medal.
1976: He visits Panama.
1977: Greene becomes a member of the Panamanian delegation to Washington for the signing of the Treaty for the Panama Canal.
1978: He becomes an honorary citizen of Anacapri on the Island of Capri, Italy. He also visits Belize and Ulster.
1979: He is given an Honorary Degree by Oxford University.
1980: He is awarded the John Dos Passos Prize by the City of Madrid. Visits Panama and Nicaragua.
1981: He is awarded the Jerusalem Prize in Israel.
1982: Greene writes the pamphlet “J’ Accuse” which starts an altercation with the city authorities in Nice.
1983: He is awarded the Grand Cross of the Order of Vasco Nunez de Balboa in Panama.
1984: He becomes a Companion of Literature at the Royal Society of Literature in London and Commandeur des Arts et des Lettres in France.
1985: He visits Nicaragua.
1988: Greene is honoured by Moscow University.
1990: He publishes “The Last Word and Other Stories”.
When and Where did he Die?
3rd April 1991, Hopital de la Providence, Vevey, Switzerland of leukaemia.
Age at Death:
1932: “Stamboul Train”.
1934: “It’s a Battlefield”.
1935: “England Made Me”. “Journey Without Maps.” (Travel Book).
1938: “Brighton Rock”.
1939: “The Confidential Agent”.
1940: “The Power and the Glory”.
1943: “The Ministry of Fear”.
1948: “The Heart of the Matter”.
1951: “The End of the Affair”.
1953: “The Living Room”. (Play).
1955: “Loser Takes All”.
1957: “The Potting Shed”. (Play).
1958: “Our Man in Havana”.
1959: “The Complaisant Lover”
1961: “A Burnt Out Case”.
1964: “Carving a Statue”.
1966: “The Comedians”.
1969: “Travels with My Aunt”. “Collected Essays”.
1971: “A Sort of Life” (Autobiography).
1973: “The Honorary Consul”.
1978: “The Human Factor”.
1980: “Doctor Fischer of Geneva, or the Bomb Party”. “The Ways of Escape”. (Autobiography – Second part).
October 1927 to Vivienne Dayrell-Browning. Became separated but not divorced.
Site of Grave:
Cemetery in Corseaux, Switzerland.
Places of Interest:
The British Library.
Graham Green Birthplace Trust, c/o K. Sherwood, Rheniugulak,Wig House Lane, Berkhamsted, Herts, HP4 2PP.