Adapting Graham Greene

Richard Hand, Andrew Purssell

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Graham Greene was one of the most versatile writers of the 20th century, and he remains a figure of particular interest to those concerned with the relationship between literature and cinema. As well as being a skilled screenwriter in his own right, most famously with The Third Man, Greene's fiction has proved to be a perennially popular source for adaptation, appealing to the broadest range of filmmakers imaginable.

In this engaging and accessibly written study, Richard J. Hand and Andrew Purssell introduce adaptation studies and its relation to Greene's works. They present new and incisive readings of key texts, including the various screen versions of Brighton Rock, The End of the Affair and The Quiet American, among others, and offer a critical examination of the industries in which Greene functioned as author, screenwriter, film critic and cultural figure. By closely exploring the various critical aspects of Greene and adaptation, and by encouraging readers to engage with the topics discussed through the inclusion of innovative exercises, Adapting Graham Greene makes a significant contribution to Graham Greene Studies and Adaptation Studies, as well as to Film and Literary Studies more generally.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages160
ISBN (Electronic)9781137491572
ISBN (Print)978–0–230–57903–3, 978–0–230–57904–0
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2014


  • Graham Reed
  • Film adaptations
  • Carol Reed
  • Brighton Rock
  • The End of the Affair
  • The Quiet American


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