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The account of Graham Greene telling Max Reinhardt that he missed publishing and was looking for something to do after he had written his five hundred words a day is deeply entrenched. But there is more to the story. Like most writers, Greene wanted a publisher who would do what he said, and perhaps this was what he thought he would find when he eventually accepted Ian Parsons’s offer of a literary editorship. “Graham Greene as Publisher” traces Greene’s journey through the publishing world from 1926, when he followed his five hundred words a day sorting grammar, redundancies, and clichés at The Times, through 1987 when—having worn many different hats during his years a full-blown publisher—he was touted for his part in the protest against the commercial pressures on editors and authors based on the principle that the author should call the tune.


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  • Journal title
    • Graham Greene Studies

  • Volume
    • 2

  • Issue
    • 1

  • Date submitted

    19 July 2022