Books: Black Squares & White

NINETEEN STORIES (247 pp.)—Graham Greene—Viking ($2.75).

Graham Greene deprecates these 19 stories as "byproducts of a novelist's career." This amounts to fair warning to readers of Brighton Rock and The Heart of the Matter not to expect anything of comparable quality.

The first of the 19 was written in 1929, the last in 1948, and like the chase-and thriller-books that Writer Greene calls his "entertainments" (The Ministry of Fear, etc.), many of them seem to have been written with his left hand, or written to sell. But Greene is obviously not at ease with...

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