GREENE, Graham and Marie-Françoise ALLAIN. The Other Man. Translated by Guido Waldman. London: William Clowes for The Bodley Head, 1983.
8° (198 x 127mm). Original green cloth lettered in gilt on the spine, dustwrapper (very slight creasing to extremities of dustwrapper, spine and outer areas of panels lightly discolored). Provenance: John and Gillian Sutro (1903-1987 and 1917-1999, presentation inscription by Greene 'For John & Gillian , with love from , Graham'; loosely-inserted postcard with printed heading 'FROM MRS JOHN SUTRO' with manuscript note 'Copy corrected by , Graham Greene , G.S.').
FIRST ENGLISH EDITION. PRESENTATION COPY INSCRIBED BY GREENE TO THE SUTROS AND WITH 5 CORRECTIONS BY THE AUTHOR ON 4 PAGES. Although contemporaries at Oxford, Greene's friendship with Sutro did not develop until later in their lives. In 1953 they formed the Anglo-Texan Society, following 'an enchanting and innocent evening in Edinburgh with two delightful Texan girls' (G. Greene Yours Etc. (London: 1989), p.29). What had seemed an engaging idea during a tipsy train journey back to London 'took wing into outer space, aided in its flight by the irresponsible genius of Sutro' (G. Greene op. cit. p.28), with Greene as President and Sutro as Vice-President. Another joint venture was the mock-moralistic John Gordon Society; in 1955 Greene had chosen Nabokov's relatively-unknown Lolita as one of the best books of the year. Greene's recommendation brought the book a wider audience, which included the Sunday Express journalist John Gordon, who promptly wrote an excoriating condemnation of the book and its champion, calling Lolita 'The filthiest book I have ever read. Sheer unrestrained pornography' (G. Greene op. cit. p.78). The John Gordon Society was formed by Greene (as President) and Sutro (as Vice-President), 'To represent the ideals of Mr Gordon in active form, in the presentation of family films, the publication of family books, and in lectures which will fearlessly attack the social evils of our time, and to form a body of competent censors ...' (G. Greene op. cit. p.79). Greene's amendments to this copy are: on p.32 the last 4 letters of 'children's' have been scored through and ',ish,' added in the margin; on p.41 the newspaper title 'Saturday Gazette' has been scored through and 'Weekly Westminster' added in the margin; on p.67 'are' has been scored through and 'were' added in the margin and the last letter of 'consists' scored through and ',ed' added in the margin; and on p.73 'overleaf' has been scored through and the words 'on page 76' added in the margin.