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Rex Whistler [inscribed by Graham to Vivien Greene

Rex Whistler [inscribed by Graham to Vivien Greene by GREENE, Graham and Vivien - Laurence Whistler (1948)

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Author: GREENE, Graham and Vivien - Laurence Whistler
Title: Rex Whistler [inscribed by Graham to Vivien Greene
Year: 1948
Publisher: Art and Technics
Place: London
Dust Jacket: No
Signed: Yes
Price: £550
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From the library of Vivien Greene and inscribed to her by her estranged husband Graham Greene in 1948, the year the couple separated. Using pencil to record his sentiments on the first blank the novelist has written: 'For Vivien, instead of a Christmas card, with a great deal of love from Graham.' Below this doleful inscription Vivien has written 'Christmas 1948' and on the opposite pastedown is the posthumous book-label of Vivien Greene: 'Ex Libris Vivien Greene 1904-2003'. Vivien and Graham Greene separated in 1948 following Vivien's discovery of her husband's latest affair, this time with Catherine Walston, which proved the inspiration for his novel, The End of the Affair. The gift of this book to his estranged wife - an account of the life and work of the recently deceased Rex Whistler - offers mournful testimony to the end of one of the most important relationships in Graham Greene's life. As he put it elsewhere 'The fact that has to be faced, dear, is that by my nature, my selfishness, even in some degree by my profession, I shall always, and with anyone, have been a bad husband.' Despite their separation they never divorced and after her death Vivien Greene's books were sold by Waterfield's booksellers who produced the small posthumous bookplate. The book is in very good condition and unmarked apart from Greene's inscription.
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