Travels with My Aunt

Travels with My Aunt

(Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition)

By Graham Greene; Gloria Emerson (Introduction by)

Penguin Books, Paperback, 9780143039006, 272pp.

Publication Date: September 28, 2004

""I met Aunt Augusta for the first time at my mother's funeral...""
Described by Graham Greene as "the only book I have written just for the fun of it," "Travels with My Aunt" is the story of Hanry Pulling, a retired and complacent bank manager who meets his septuagenarian Aunt Augusta for the first time at what he supposes to be his mother's funeral. She soon persuades Henry to abandon his dull suburban existence to travel "her "way winding through Brighton, Paris, Istanbul, and Paraguay. Through Aunt Augusta, one of Greene's greatest comic creations, Henry joins a shiftless, twilight society; mixes with hippies, war criminals, and CIA men; smokes pot; and breaks all currency regulations.
Originally published in 1970, "Travels with My Aunt" offers intoxicating entertainment, yet also confronts some of the most perplexing human dilemmas. This Penguin Deluxe Edition features an introduction by Gloria Emerson.
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About the Author
Graham Greene, the novelist, served with the Secret Intelligence Service during WWII. Greene died in 1991. Hugh Greene came to prominence as a journalist in Nazi Berlin. After being expelled from Germany just before WWII, he served in the RAF as an interrogator. Greene went on to join the BBC and was made Director-General in 1960. He died in 1987.

GLORIA EMERSON covered Vietnam as a foreign correspondent for the New York Times from 1965 to 1972, for which she won the George Polk Award. She is also the author of Some American Men and Gaza: A Year in the Intifada both nonfiction works related to her Vietnam experience as well as a novel, Loving Graham Greene, about the writer she had admired since reading The Quiet American on her first trip to Saigon. She died in 2004.