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Graham Greene: Catholic Conversion

Though Graham Greene's complex, impassioned and tortured, relationship with his adopted Catholic faith informs his finest work (including his masterful novels The Power and the Glory, The Heart of the Matter, and The End of the Affair), his motives for converting were not unanimously pious. Years after Greene's girlfriend at Oxford, Vivien Dayrell-Browning, refused to date him unless he converted to Catholicism, a friend recalled advising him, "If you need this for your f---, go ahead and do it!"

[In 1925, Greene left Oxford, moved to Nottingham (to work at a local newspaper), and began the process of conversion. At his confirmation, Greene (who called himself a "Catholic agnostic") took the name Thomas, after the doubting apostle. He and Vivien were married in 1927.]

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