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GRAHAM GREENE/ REV. ANTHONY BISCHOFF, S.J. COLLECTION

This collection of letters and presentation editions from British novelist Graham Greene to Rev. Anthony D. Bischoff, S.J. is evidence of their friendship which spanned forty years. The correspondence contains mostly personal greetings, but also touches on literary and political issues. The first of the nine letters in the collection was written in 1950, a year after the two met. The last was written in 1984, seven years before Greene's death. The five presentation editions were given to Fr. Bischoff between 1959 and 1975. In addition to Greene's signature, they all bear personal inscriptions such as "For Tony with love from Graham." Among the editions are The Revenge: An Autobiographical Fragment, privately printed in 1963, and a specially bound edition of The Return of A.J. Raffles, published in 1975.

The majority of correspondence written by Greene to Bischoff is held at Gonzaga University, Spokane, Washington. There are over thirty letters there which span from 1949 to 1989.

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BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH: Graham Greene was born on October 2, 1904 in Berkhamsted, England. His father was Charles Henry Greene and his mother was Marion Raymond Greene. He married Vivien Dayrell Browning in 1927. Their two children are Mrs. Lucy Caroline (Greene) Bourget and Francis Greene.

Greene, a prolific writer, is best known as a novelist though he also wrote plays, short stories, and non-fiction. He was on staff at The Times from 1926-1930 and held the position of Literary Editor at The Spectator from 1940-1941. During the 1930s he was on staff at Night and Day, and, in 1954, was the Indo-China correspondent for The New Republic. His career also included serving the British Foreign Office in Africa from 1941-1944, and being member of the Panamanian delegation to Washington for the signing of the Canal Treaty in 1977.

Greene died of a blood disease on April 3, 1991 in Vevey, Switzerland.

Rev. Anthony D. Bischoff, S.J. was born on November 3, 1910 in Walla Walla, Washington to Adolph and Mary Margaret Bischoff. On July 18, 1928 he entered the novitiate at Los Gatos, California. He obtained both his B.A. and M.A. degrees in philosophy from Gonzaga University in Spokane, and completed three years of teaching at Seattle College. Fr. Bischoff then turned his studies to theology and was ordained on June 7, 1941. In 1943 he began PhD studies in English at Yale University. During his lifetime Fr. Bischoff taught at universities across the country and studied poetry, concentrating on the life and poems of Gerard Manley Hopkins. He undertook the labor of producing the definitive biography of Hopkins, but was never able to complete the work. In the course of his research, he amassed a collection of Hopkins material which now resides in the Special Collections of Gonzaga University. Beginning in 1971, Fr. Bischoff resided at the Jesuit Community of Georgetown University. He spent 15 years at Georgetown writing, teaching classes, and guiding students. In 1986 he returned to the Northwest to live at a Jesuit community in Spokane. He died on May 19, 1993 while in New Mexico.

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ABBREVIATIONS:

TLS - Typed Letter Signed

ACS - Autograph Card Signed

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ACCESSION DATA:

Status: Open

Provenance: Donald A. Couvillon, December 1999.

Processed by Heidi Rubenstein, July 2005.

BULK DATES: 1974 - 1984
SPAN DATES: 1950 - 1984

EXTENT: 1 box

SERIES


SERIES: 1. Correspondence


SERIES DESCRIPTION: This series contains nine letters written by Graham Greene to Rev. Anthony Bischoff, S.J.

SERIES: 2. Presentation Editions


SERIES DESCRIPTION: This series contains five presentation editions given by Graham Greene to Rev. Anthony Bischoff, S.J. The original mailers are present for four of the five editions and have been filed in the folder behind the edition it contained.

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