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By Michael G. Brennan

This booklet bargains the 1st specified attention of the effect of Graham Greene's political notion and involvements on his writings, either fictional and actual. It contains fabric not just from his significant fictions but in addition from his prolific journalism, letters to the clicking, inner most correspondence, diaries and dealing manuscripts.

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He attended a political assembly, monitored by heavily armed police, in the working-class Menilmontant quarter, scenes later echoed in his pejorative description of a communist branch meeting in It’s a Battlefield. 22 Seeking a Career and The Man Within (1929) In May 1923 Greene sent to the Oxford publisher Basil Blackwell a collection of prose and verse, the latter alone appearing in a slim volume, Fictionalized Politics 11 Babbling April (1925), a title echoing the American lyric poet, Edna St Vincent Millay (‘April / Comes like an idiot, babbling and strewing flowers’).

While acknowledging that he is ultimately responsible for Crane’s death, he calms his thoughts by insistently reminding himself that he is an ‘English journalist’ (293). But in Greene’s still inexperienced hands, this supposedly hard-eyed newspaperman ultimately becomes fatally contaminated by a sentimental novelist’s melodramatic perceptions. The novel concludes, grandiloquently, with Chase struggling through an existential wilderness, ‘among spirits whom he had believed his enemies, ecstasies he had despised, towards that deeper darkness of eternal pain, endless atonement’ (298).

With his brother Ben, he had stood for Parliament in the October 1931 general election. Both were unsuccessful but Felix remained involved in socialist politics through his girlfriend, Sheila, the daughter of the Labour leader, Ramsay MacDonald (mentioned in Graham’s It’s A Battlefield, 64–5, 118, 132). He lectured in Wormwood Scrubs on prison reform and visited the Soviet Union in 1932 to witness forcible farm collectivization and the starvation or murder of their owners (kulaks). He then secured a job in the BBCs leftist Talks Department which often focused on working-class conditions as unemployment hit National and International Politics 29 three million during winter 1932–33.

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