An English writer and journalist regarded by many as one of the leading English novelists of the 20th century. Greene acquired a reputation early in his lifetime as a major writer, both of serious Catholic novels, and of thrillers.
He was shortlisted, in 1966 and 1967, for the Nobel Prize for Literature. Through 67 years of writing, which included over 25 novels, he explored the ambivalent moral and political issues of the modern world. He was awarded the 1968 Shakespeare Prize and the 1981 Jerusalem Prize.
Among Mr. Greene’s 25 novels, many of which were adapted into films, were “The Power and the Glory,” “The Heart of the Matter,” “The Third Man,” “The Quiet American,” “Our Man in Havana,” “The Comedians,” “The Honorary Consul” and “The Human Factor.” His plays included “The Living Room,” “The Potting Shed” and “The Complaisant Lover,” and he wrote dozens of short stories.
Henry Graham Greene was born in 1904 in St John’s House, a boarding house of Berkhamsted School, Hertfordshire, where his father was house master. He was the fourth of six children.