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Centennial for Author Graham Greene

Author Graham Greene (1904-1991).
Author Graham Greene (1904-1991).

NPR's Scott Simon reflects on the books and career of British author Graham Greene, born Oct. 2, 1904, in Berkhamsted, England. Greene was best known for his well-crafted, realistic spy thrillers, set in exotic locales.

Included among his most popular books are The Third Man and The Quiet American, which was recently re-released and made into a film.

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Scott Simon is one of America's most admired writers and broadcasters. He is the host of Weekend Edition Saturday and is one of the hosts of NPR's morning news podcast Up First. He has reported from all fifty states, five continents, and ten wars, from El Salvador to Sarajevo to Afghanistan and Iraq. His books have chronicled character and characters, in war and peace, sports and art, tragedy and comedy.