18 February 2011
Brighton Rock & Entertainment
Before the 2011 film (and the 1947 film before that) was the book (and a radio dramatisation and a musical). And before the book (published in London and Toronto) was the first edition: the 1938 New York publication of Graham Greene's Brighton Rock, published, I'm told, slightly before the British edition. It is held at shelfmark 012604.l.23.
I recently ordered it up to the Rare Books Reading Room, and was pleased to note that it's been conserved as part of the Adopt-A-Book programme - by the listeners of BBC Southern Counties in 2003. Clearly marketed by Viking as a thriller, it brought to mind the notes on the early blurbs to Greene novels in America, making him out as something of a pulpy English Raymond Chandler, a writer of 'entertainments' rather than serious novelist. (Sadly, our copy is not housed with the Salter dust jacket.)