ONE OF THE MOST REVEALING MOMENTS IN NORMAN Sherry's massive, ongoing biography of Graham Greene (with the second volume just published, he has now devoted 1,352 pages to Greene's first 51 years) comes at the very beginning, when Greene charges Sherry with compiling a list of his, the novelist's, enemies. Every man has enemies, Sherry replies. By the time the night is over, Greene has composed, with the help of his brother Hugh, his own extensive list of his lifetime's opponents and handed it to his biographer.

That might be said to be the paradoxical trademark of Graham Greene: that he...

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