Greene haters: avoid this site until October 3

October 2 marks what would have been the 100th birthday of idol Graham Greene. I’ve been frothing at the mouth in anticipation of the forthcoming, “luxuriously designed” rereleases of The Great Author’s novels in paperback.

Now the Post reports that my favorite, The End of the Affair, will be reissued first. (Oh, Mark Sarvas, you cannot know the joy with which you have filled my heart.)

Last year there were reports that John Updike would introduce The Power and the Glory; Gabriel Garcia Marquez would do Our Man in Havana; and Paul Theroux was assigned The Comedians. The Post reports that 2003 Nobel laureate J. M. Coetzee (author of the excellent Disgrace) will also introduce one of the rereleases.

The long-awaited final installment of Norman Sherry’s The Life of Graham Greene will also appear in time for the centenary.

A “Centenary Programme” in Greene’s hometown will run from September 26 through October 3. Among the lecturers is David Lodge, who will speak on Greene’s anxiety of influence “in relation to Henry James and Conrad.”

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