At the age of sixteen and following several years of deep unhappiness at boarding school, Greene was sent to stay with psychoanalyst Kenneth Richmond and his wife Zoe. As Greene wrote in A Sort of Life, "I don't know by what process of elimination my father and brother chose Kenneth Richmond to be my analyst, but it was a choice for which I have never ceased to be grateful, for at his house in Lancaster Gate began what were perhaps the happiest six months of my life".
A testament to his significance in the author's life, some nine years after his treatment, Greene sent this copy of his second novel to Richmond. He would go on to devote almost an entire chapter of his autobiography to these six months. Richmond was himself a writer and well connected in the literary world, and it was at his home that Greene was introduced to Walter de la Mare (a childhood favourite) and other authors and editors. This, combined with the tranquility of life in west London and Richmond's sensitive approach to the young man's fragile mental health "liberated" Greene, and "helped to start him on his long road as a writer" (Sherry, The Life of Graham Greene, Volume One (1990), p.99).
Please call 1-800-555-5555 to order a print catalog for this sale.
Online Registration to Bid is Closed for this Sale. Would you like to watch the live sale?Watch Live Sale