The Quiet American - Graham Greene 1955 - William Heinemann Ltd, London - First Edition Greene’s famous work of fiction on Vietnam, a rich portrait of Saigon during the 1950's. Controversial, and considered anti-American at the time. The basis of two films. Becoming scarce in such nice condition.   ‘When my novel was eventually noticed in The New Yorker the reviewer condemned me for accusing my "best friends" (the Americans) of murder since I had attributed to them the responsibility for the great explosion – far worse than the trivial bicycle bombs – in the main square of Saigon when many people lost their lives’ – Graham Greene

On publication
The Quiet American was largely dismissed in the United States as anti-American. In 1955, that particular criticism carried substantial weight. When Joseph Mankiewicz made the novel into a film three years later, he substantially toned down the story's political content, much to Greene's outspoken chagrin. In the 2001 portrayal by Michael Caine and Brendan Frazer, this was corrected, but the film was due for release the week of September 11, and was pulled from cinemas and only through serious pressure from Caine and friends was it finally showing in 2002.

Octavo pp. [8] 247 [1]. In publisher’s slate blue cloth, titled in gilt to the spine, publisher’s logo embossed in blind to rear panel, top edge tinted green. First edition, with
First Published 1955’ to copyright page (Book Society edition, which was published simultaneously states ‘This Edition Issued on First Publication by the Book Society Ltd., in association with William Heinemann Ltd December, 1955’), and publisher ‘William Heinemann Ltd’ to title page (Book Society edition states ‘William Heinemann Ltd & The Book Society Ltd’). Dust Jacket, priced at ‘13s 6d NET’ to front flap (Dust jacket was identical for both the First Edition and the First Book Society Edition).
  Condition: Near fine, light wear to spine ends and a little fading to top edge tint, in near fine dst jacket, with minor toning to spine, rubbing to corners and spine ends, and some wrinkling along top edge.   Ref: 109286   Price: HK$ 3,500