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Graham Greene, one of six children, was born on October 2, 1904, in Berhamsted, Hertfordshire, England. He attended Berhamsted public school, where his father was the headmaster. He also went to Balliol College at Oxford in 1922. His life at school and at home was so unhappy that he attempted suicide. After college, he worked as a journalist for the Nottingham Journal. In a film review that he wrote for the journal, he made an incorrect statement about Catholicism. Vivien Dayrel-Browning wrote to him, correcting his mistake. They met, fell in love, and got married. In 1926, he became a Catholic, in part to understand and appreciate the religious beliefs of his wife and in part to help him cope with his belief in the strong presence of evil in the world.


In 1938, Greene was commissioned to visit Mexico and report on the religious persecution there. The Power and the Glory and The Lawless Roads are the result of this experience. Besides these two novels, he wrote short stories, plays, several books for entertainment, and several other serious novels, including The Heart of the Matter, Travels with My Aunt, The Quiet American, and The Human Factor. He also worked as a film critic for the Spectator. He spent the last sixteen years of his life separated from his wife and died in Veyvey, Switzerland, on April 3, 1991.

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