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Biography of Norman Sherry

Taken from The Life of Graham Greene

Norman Sherry, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and the Mitchell Distinguished Professor of Literature at Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas, was already an accomplished biographer when Graham Greene, having read Professor Sherry’s work on Joseph Conrad, asked a mutual friend to introduce them. Mr. Greene was impressed by Professor Sherry’s method of ‘literary detection,’ and their meeting resulted in Mr. Greene asking Professor Sherry to write his authorized biography, an exhausting but fascinating task which has resulted in The Life of Graham Greene, Volumes One, Two, and Three.

Professor Sherry’s books on Conrad, Conrad’s Eastern World, Conrad’s Western World, and Conrad and His World, are, thirty years after their publication, still quoted by scholars as the standard texts on Joseph Conrad. Professor Sherry honed his skills as a biographer with Charlotte and Emily Brontë and Jane Austen.

Professor Sherry received an Edgar Allan Poe Award for The Life of Graham Greene, Volume One: 1904-1939. The Life of Graham Greene, Volume Two: 1939-1955 was designated as ‘One of the best eleven books of 1995’ by the editorial staff of the New York Times Book Review, who confirmed their admiration by featuring Volume Two in Books of the Century: A Hundred Years of Authors, Ideas, and Literature (1998).

Professor Sherry has been a professor of English at Trinity University since 1983. He teaches courses on Politics and the Novel and The British Novel. He plans a course titled The Art of the Biography in the spring.



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