A spy of Greene’s acquaintance

Graham Greene met Peter Leslie, an ex-clergyman, likely spy, and fellow Henry James fan, on a flight to the Estonian capital of Tallinn in 1934. Greene later recalled that the men spent “many happy hours” together, “when I was not vainly seeking a brothel.”

In a TLS essay (excerpted from Articles of Faith: The collected Tablet journalism of Graham Greene), Ian Thomson speculates that Leslie may have inspired a character in one of Greene’s “entertainments,” and offers a glimpse at previously unpublished correspondence between the two.

And in more random Greene news: so underwhelmed by Donnie Darko was The Grumpy Old Bookman that he fast-forwarded through it, but he paused long enough to get a kick out of the Graham Greene bit.


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