Author. Born Henry Graham Greene in Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, England, the fourth of six children born to Charles and Marion Raymond Greene. Berkhamstead School where his father was headmaster, and Balliol College, Oxford where he gained worked as an editor at ‘The Oxford Outlook.' In 1926 he took a position as a junior editor at the London Times. ‘The Man Within' was published in 1929, and was well received. He resigned from The Times in order to dedicate himself to writing novels. The failure of his next two novels neccesitated taking a position as a book reviewer with The Spectator. His next novel, ‘Stamboul Train' was published in 1932 and was a popular success, however, and was adapted as the film ‘Orient Express' in 1934. During World War II, he worked for the Intelligence Service in Sierra Leone under Kim Philby. His post war novels were often based in part on his experiences in the foreign office. His most famous story, ‘The Third Man,' was released in 1949 as a feature film. He was also an habitual traveler, in the 1950s he lived in Siagon, Hong Kong, and Singapore. In 1953 he traveled to Kenya, to report on the Mau Mau upraising. ‘The Quiet American' was published in 1955 and followed by ‘Our Man in Havana' in 1958 following time spent in both settings. He moved to the south of France in 1966 where he wrote ‘Travels with My Aunt' which was eventually made into a film directed by George Cuckor. He published a two volume autobiography, ‘A Sort of Life' in 1971 and ‘Ways of Escape' in 1980. In 1981 he was awarded the Jerusalem Prize for the Freedom of the Individual in Society, a literary award given to writers whose work dealt with themes of human freedom. Greene was a candidate for the Nobel Prize for Literature several times, he never received the award. He died at his home in the resort town of Corseaux, Switzerland at age 86.
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