Format: Trade Paperback
Dimensions: 160 pages, 7.72 × 5.2 × 0.44 in
Published: April 1, 1992
Publisher: Penguin UK (PB)
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 014018533X
ISBN - 13: 9780140185331
About the Author
Born in 1904, Graham Greene was the son of a headmaster and the fourth of six children. Preferring to stay home and read rather than endure the teasing at school that was a by-product of his father's occupation, Greene attempted suicide several times and eventually dropped out of school at the age of 15. His parents sent him to an analyst in London who recommended he try writing as therapy. He completed his first novel by the time he graduated from college in 1925. Greene wrote both entertainments and serious novels. Catholicism was a recurring theme in his work, notable examples being The Power and the Glory (1940) and The End of the Affair (1951). Popular suspense novels include: The Heart of the Matter, Our Man in Havana and The Quiet American. Greene was also a world traveler and he used his experiences as the basis for many books. One popular example, Journey Without Maps (1936), was based on a trip through the jungles of Liberia. Greene also wrote and adapted screenplays, including that of the 1949 film, The Third Man, which starred Orson Welles. He died in Vevey, Switzerland in 1991.
From Our Editors
As with many great movies, The Third Man was based on a novel that was even greater, full of richer details and more vibrant characterizations. That book, written by the legendary Graham Greene, is found here, along with another, equally moving tale, The Fallen Idol. The first visits Vienna, shortly after the Second World War has ended and investigates the strange death of Harry Lime. The second tale unveils the wickedness involved in adult relations by showing it through the eyes of a small boy. The games grown-ups take for granted are suddenly revealed as dangerous when viewed from this perspective.