Greene on Capri

Greene on Capri

A Memoir

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An awardwinning author offers a memoir of her longtime friendship with Graham Greene, begun when he vacationed near her home on Capri, frankly discussing Greene's unique style and brilliantly capturing the beauty of the island and its artistic ambience.

Blackwell North Amer
For millennia the cliffs of Capri have sheltered pleasure seekers and refugees alike, among them the emperors Augustus and Tiberius, Henry James, Rilke, Lenin, and hosts of artists, eccentrics, and outcasts. Here in the 1960s Graham Greene got to know Shirley Hazzard and her husband, the writer Francis Steegmuller; their friendship lasted until Greene's death in 1991. In Greene on Capri, Hazzard uses their ever-volatile intimacy as a prism through which to illuminate Greene's mercurial character, his work and talk, and the literary culture that long thrived on this ravishing island.

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The author offers a memoir of her longtime friendship with Graham Greene, begun when he vacationed near her home on Capri

Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 2000
Edition: 1st ed
Description: 149 p. : ill. ; 22 cm
ISBN: 9780374166755
Branch Call Number: 823.09 Gre


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Feb 12, 2018

Shirley Hazzard (1931 – 2016), an Australian-American novelist, short story writer, and essayist, vacationed on the Isle of Capri, near Naples, Italy, with her husband Francis Steegmuller (1906 - 1994: an American biographer, translator and fiction writer, known chiefly as a Flaubert scholar) where they crossed paths with the English novelist Graham Greene (1904 - 1991) from the Sixties through the Eighties. This slim memoir is a personal literary critique with essays on themes and style in Greene's writing. Hazzard provides keen insight on Green's personality and character - and how they influenced his writing. Unfortunately this memoir lacks footnotes on sources; and an index. There are some black and white photographs.


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Feb 12, 2018

"... Graham was paler, older; and that pang of last times might have tinged our evenings together had it not been for his unsubdued argument with life. In his eighties, there was something valiant in the refusal to mellow. He remained fired, as in youth, with engagement and indignation, and by the rightful written word." (p. 142-3)

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