"Hell is a sort of high-class nightclub," wrote George Orwell, "entry to which is reserved for Catholics only." This sentiment is on stark display in the work of novelist Graham Greene, whose adulterous relationship (with the very married Catherine Welston, a wealthy farmer's wife) propelled him to scrutinize the mechanics of desire and betrayal. By transforming his own pain and confusion into prose, Greene created a seminal and defining novel about the joys -- and woes -- of infidelity. Not a particularly unique subject matter these days, but in 1951 it made quite a splash.... More >>>
Greene with envy: Julianne Moore and Ralph Fiennes warm the sheets in The End of the Affair.