Re: RARA-AVIS: The definition of classics

From: Patrick King (
Date: 04 Nov 2007

--- William Ahearn <> wrote:
 Graham Greene wrote
> about humanity and worked in numerous genres to
> bring
> those stories across. The others didn't. They wrote
> genre that sometimes contained depth.


You've got to be kidding! Grahm Green, like G.K. Chesterton, was one of the first writers in the espionage/crime genre. THE MAN WITHIN (1929), THIS GUN FOR HIRE (1936), THE CONFIDENTIAL AGENT (1939), THE THIRD MAN (1949), THE QUIET AMERICAN (1955), OUR MAN IN HAVANA (1958). Stories like these were produced by Green throughout his career. He wasn't only a novelist who wrote books with Catholic themes like THE POWER AND THE GLORY. He was much more than that. His influence as a writer and the themes of his novels were a major impact on Mickey Spillane, Ian Fleming and most of the writers in their wake. LeCarre shamelessly copied the plot of OUR MAN IN HAVANA for his THE TAILOR OF PANAMA, and got away with it, too. Graham Green was a very important genre writer. That he did not confine himself to any one genre is part of his genius.

Patrick King

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