Graham Greene exhibition

Our current exhibition looks at the early life of Graham Greene, who is considered by many to be one of the greatest writers of the 20th century.

During his prolific career he was a novelist, short story writer, playwright, screenplay writer, poet, essayist, travel writer and critic.

He was born into an influential, middle-class family and at the time of his birth his father was the Second Master of Berkhamsted School in Castle Street.

Throughout his adult life, Greene travelled extensively, primarily to satisfy his quest for adventure, but also to inspire ideas for his writing. His work reflects his keen interest in both international politics and religion, Catholicism in particular. Perhaps less well known is the fact that he was also a secret agent and worked for MI6 during the Second World War.

Although his later years were spent living abroad, familiar landmarks and aspects of life in Berkhamsted appear in a number of his works.

The exhibition is on display in the Hertfordshire Archives and Local Studies foyer from 1 March to 30 April.