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The Heart of the Matter by  Graham Greene - Paperback - First British Paperback Printing - 1962 - from Bookmarc Books (SKU: 017520)

The Heart of the Matter

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The Heart of the Matter

by Greene, Graham

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London: Penguin Books, 1962. Considered by many to be Mr. Greenes' finest book, this is in very good shape, Interiors are unmarked. There is some age-toning and general shelfwear to the cover. Spine shows light chipping to the points but is uncreased. A very nice copy.. First British Paperback Printing. Vintage Paperback. Very Good/No Jacket. Illus. by Paul Hogarth - Cover Illustration. 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall.


Graham Greene’s The Heart of the Matter, set in an unnamed West African colony towards the end of World War II, is loosely based on the author’s own experience as a British intelligence officer in Sierra Leone. The novel’s protagonist, Henry Scobie, struggles to make his miserable wife happy. In the process, Scobie begins to wonder if any individual can truly make another happy, resulting in a life-changing moral crisis. The Heart of the Matter, an insightful exploration of pity, suffering, religion, and responsibility, quickly became extremely popular, having sold more than 300,000 copies upon publication. The novel was critically acclaimed and received many favorable reviews. In 1948, The Heart of the Matter was awarded the James Tait Black Memorial Prize for fiction and it was shortlisted for the Best of the James Tait Black awardees in 2012. The novel is ranked 40th on Modern Library’s “100 Best” English-language novels of the 20th century and is also listed on TIME’s “100 Best Novels” (since 1923).

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The Heart of the Matter
Greene, Graham
Paul Hogarth - Cover Illustration
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Used - Very Good
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No Jacket
First British Paperback Printing
Penguin Books
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12mo - over 6�" - 7�" tall

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