The Captain and the Enemy

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The Captain and the Enemy

By Graham Greene; John Auchard (Introduction by)

Penguin Books, Paperback, 9780143039297, 154pp.

Publication Date: August 30, 2005

Victor Baxter is a young boy when a secretive stranger known simply as the Captain takes him from his boarding school to live in London. Victor becomes the surrogate son and companion of a woman named Liza, who renames him Jim and depends on him for any news about the world outside their door. Raised in these odd yet touching circumstances, Jim is never quite sure of Liza's relationship to the Captain, who is often away on mysterious errands. It is not until Jim reaches manhood that he confronts the Captain and learns the shocking truth about the man, his allegiances, and the nature of love. This Penguin Classics edition features an introduction by John Auchard.
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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.

John Auchard is Associate Professor of English at the University of Maryland, College Park. He is the author of Silence in Henry James: The Heritage of Symbolism and Decadence (Penn State, 1986), and co-editor, with Lewis Leary, of Articles on American Literature: 1968-1975 (1979), and American Literature: A Guide to Research and Study (1976). From 1985 to 1986 he was Fulbright Lecturer at the University of Milan.