Graham Greene: Major characters emerge; minor ones may be photographed

Graham GreeneThe 1940s saw the three works of fiction (The Power and the Glory, The Heart of the Matter, The End of the Affair) on which Graham’s reputation principally rests, writes John Sutherland in the Financial Times. I would add a fourth: The Quiet American, published in 1955.

Greene, in fact, thought The Quiet American was superior to The End of the Affair. He said so in his autobiographical Ways of Escape.

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Good old writers

Who says old geezers can't write? Some of them die with the sharpest minds. That's certainly true of the literary critic Frank Kermode, who has just died at the age of 90.

Reading about his death yesterday, I turned to his essays published in the London Review of Books. You can't tell his age from his essay on TS Eliot published in May this year. It is the work of an academic writing at the top of his form.

There are other old writers who have not lost their powers.

Let's begin with the journalists.

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