A Sort of Life

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A Sort of Life
First edition
Author Graham Greene
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Subject Autobiography
Publisher The Bodley Head
Publication date
Media type Print (hardback and paperback)
Pages 216 pp
ISBN 0140185755

A Sort of Life is the first volume of autobiography by British novelist Graham Greene, first published in 1971.[1]


This volume covers Greene's early life, from mundane childhood in Surrey, through to school and university and on to his early working life as a sub editor at The Times and his years as a struggling novelist. His memoirs have been criticized for being oddly impersonal and for brushing over his marriage and his conversion to Catholicism, especially as his faith was to become a powerful motif in many of his novels.[2] Despite these omissions he deals frankly with the personal demons he faced in his teens, including an account of several suicide attempts, the resulting psychoanalysis his father arranged for him and his brief fascination with Russian roulette.


  1. ^ http://catalogue.bl.uk/primo_library/libweb/action/search.do?dscnt=0&frbg=&scp.scps=scope%3A%28BLCONTENT%29&tab=local_tab&dstmp=1436201250845&srt=rank&ct=search&mode=Basic&vl%28488279563UI0%29=any&dum=true&tb=t&indx=1&vl%28freeText0%29=a%20sort%20of%20life&vid=BLVU1&fn=search
  2. ^ https://www.nytimes.com/books/00/02/20/specials/greene-sort.html

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