The Quiet American

The Quiet American

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Overview

Graham Greene’s classic exploration of love, innocence, and morality in Vietnam

“I never knew a man who had better motives for all the trouble he caused,” Graham Greene’s narrator Fowler remarks of Alden Pyle, the eponymous “Quiet American” of what is perhaps the most controversial novel of his career. Pyle is the brash young idealist sent out by Washington on a mysterious mission to Saigon, where the French Army struggles against the Vietminh guerrillas.

As young Pyle’s well-intentioned policies blunder into bloodshed, Fowler, a seasoned and cynical British reporter, finds it impossible to stand safely aside as an observer. But Fowler’s motives for intervening are suspect, both to the police and himself, for Pyle has stolen Fowler’s beautiful Vietnamese mistress.

Originally published in 1956 and twice adapted to film, The Quiet American remains a terrifiying and prescient portrait of innocence at large. This Graham Greene Centennial Edition includes a new introductory essay by Robert Stone.

For more than sixty-five years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,500 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.

 

The Quiet American

The Quiet American

Graham Greene, Introduction by: Robert Stone

Praise

“No serious writer of this century has more thoroughly invaded and shaped the public imagination than Graham Greene.” —Time

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Penguin Classics Deluxe
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
George Eliot
Mary Karr
Illustrator: Brian Rea
Jane Austen

Table of Contents

Introduction
Chronology

I. THE QUIET AMERICAN: THE TEXT

II.THE AUTHOR AND HIS WORK
Graham Greene, from Ways of Escape
Graham Greene, Indo-China: France’s Crown of Thorns
Graham Greene, A Memory of Indo-China
Graham Greene, Return to Indo-China

III. ANALOGIES AND PERSPECTIVES
Robert F. Futrell, Origins of the American Commitment to Vietnam
Maj. Gen. Nguyen Duy Hinh and Brig. Gen. Tran Dinh Tho, A Society in Transition
Report by the National Security Council on the Position of the United States with Respect to Indochina, 27 February 1950
Ho Chi Minh, Press Conference, 25 July 1950
Doris M. Condit, Indochina: The Threat in Southeast Asia
Ho Chi Minh, The Imperialist Aggressors Can Never Enslave the Heroic Vietnamese People
Edward Geary Lansdale, Letter to Joseph Mankiewicz
Renny Christopher, The Quiet American [Film commentary and plot summary]
Edward Geary Lansdale, Two Letters
Christopher Hawtree, Case of The Quiet American [Greene on the film version]
Jonathan Nashel, Lansdale and Greene
Keith Honaker, from Victimized by the French and Chinese
Takeshi Kaiko, from Into a Black Sun

IV. LITERARY CRITICISM
A.J. Liebling, A Talkative Something-or-Other
Lisa Vargo, The Quiet American and “A Mr. Liebermann”
R.W.B. Lewis, The Fiction of Graham Greene: Between the Horror and the Glory
Georg Gaston, The Quiet American: A Secular Prospect
A.A. DeVitis, Transition: The Quiet American
Philip Stratford, The Novelist and Commitment
Zakia Pathak, Saswati Sengupta, and Sharmila Purkayastha, from The Prisonhouse of Orientalism
Brian Thomas, The Quiet American
Miriam Allott, The Moral Situation in The Quiet American
John Cassidy, America and Innocence: Henry James and Graham Greene
Judith Adamson, Vietnam

Topics for Discussion and Papers
Selected Bibliography

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