London: William Heinemann Ltd., 1955. Uniform Edition. In January 1938, Green took a five week-long trip through the backroads of Mexico, which resulted in his 1939 travelogue The Lawless Roads, and his 1940 novel The Power and the Glory, one of his acknowledged masterworks. A self-proclaimed "Catholic agnostic," Greene reported on how the inhabitants of Chiapas and Tabasco reacted to the Calles regime's brutal anti-clerical purges, the destruction of churches, and the killing of priests; while the book was not a critical success, he would acknowledge its significance as the source for his Mexican fiction, and how it provided both the setting and theme for The Power and the Glory. Glenville (1913-1996) enjoyed a productive relationship with Greene, producing his first play (The Living Room, 1953), and directing the 1967 film adaptation of The Comedians, based on his Haitian novel set during the rule of "Papa Doc" Duvalier. Item #5426
Octavo (17.75cm); black cloth, blocked and titled in red and gilt on spine; map endpapers; dustjacket; [xii],289,pp. Inscribed by the author to film director and produced Peter Glenville on the title page: "For Peter / with love from Graham / A Warning!" Mild wear to base of spine, a hint of offsetting from jacket flaps onto endpapers, else very Near Fine. Dustjacket is price-clipped, spine-sunned and a bit shelfworn, with several nicks, tears, and attendant creases, small losses to upper and lower left corners of front panel, faint sticker shadow to front flap, and some faint staining on verso; Very Good only. Housed in a custom clamshell case.