First Edition of Graham Greene's A Sort of Life
A Sort of Life.
Item Number: 39852
London: The Bodley Head, 1971.
First edition of Greene’s first book of autobiography. Octavo, original cloth. Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Michael Harvey.
This volume covers Greene's early life, from mundane childhood in Surrey, through to school and university and on to his early working life as a sub editor at The Times and his years as a struggling novelist. His memoirs have been criticized for being oddly impersonal and for brushing over his marriage and his conversion to Catholicism, especially as his faith was to become a powerful motif in many of his novels. Despite these omissions he deals frankly with the personal demons he faced in his teens, including an account of several suicide attempts, the resulting psychoanalysis his father arranged for him and his brief fascination with Russian roulette.