Name of Action


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GREENE, Graham. The Name of Action. London: William Heinemann, (1930). Octavo, original blue cloth, original dust jacket. Housed in a custom chemise and clamshell box.

First edition, first issue, of Greene's rarely seen second novel, the publication of which was quickly suppressed by Greene due to mixed reviews and disappointing sales.

Graham Greene, that "subversive hero" who forever sought, in Browning's words, "the dangerous edge of things," followed the success of his first novel The Man Within (1929) with this powerful tale of dictatorship and revolution (New York Times). But this much anticipated work, titled after a final line in Hamlet's "To Be or Not to Be" soliloquy, met with mixed reviews. Though praised by the Times Literary Supplement, the novel "sold barely 2,000 copies" (Sherry I:381-4). Greene took the reviews much to heart; he withdrew "The Name of Action from the body of his work, and no other editions [other than the American] or reprints exist" (Wobbe). Thus a first edition is rarely found. Name of Action "exists only in the first English and American editions of 1930 and 1931 respectively" (Miller 8). First issue dust jacket, with "7/6" price.

Book fine, dust jacket with only light wear and toning to extremities. A handsome near-fine copy.

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