Greene, more facts and curiosities.

📚 Waugh was a student at Oxford at the same time Greene was and once said that Greene looked down on many, especially undergraduates.

📚 Golding described Greene as the ‘ultimate chronicler’ of man’s own thoughts and anxiety.

📚 Greene was an estranged husband to his wife and two children. He had several affairs and eventually separated from his wife, who later said he shouldn’t have married in the first place. He once said that he thought books were his children.

📚 In 1981 he won the Jerusalem Prize for the Freedom of the Individual in Society – a literary prize awarded every other year to writers who wrote about human freedom.

📚 In 1986 at age 82 Greene was awarded the Order of Merit for his contribution to literature.

📚 In Switzerland he lived in the same town as Charlie Chaplin and the two became good friends.

📚 Even though he stopped going to church, Spanish Priest and friend Leopoldo Duran made sure he received all sacraments through the final years until his death.

“The sense of unhappiness is so much easier to convey than that of happiness. In misery we seem aware of our own existence, even though it may be in the form of a monstrous egotism: this pain of mine is individual, this nerve that winces belongs to me and to no other. But happiness annihilates us: we lose our identity.”

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