The Potting Shed

A Play in Three Acts.

GREENE, Graham

GREENE, Graham The Potting Shed A Play in Three Acts.

Heinemann, 1958.

First UK edition. Blue cloth in printed dustwrapper. Author's presentation copy, inscribed to the front endpaper to Mercia Ryhiner, "For Mercia, in memory of Singapore where I tried to write it. from Graham" A near fine copy, with a little fading to the spine in a very good (price clipped) dustwrapper indeed with a trace of wear to the spine ends and corners.

Mercia Tinker was married to Peter Ryhiner when she first met Greene in the far east in 1953. Following a divorce, she was successively married to Robert Schwob (1959) and then to Rex Harrison in 1978. Her relationship with Greene is not much mentioned by Greene's biographers, however the collection of letters and postcards sent to her by Greene, now held at Columbia University, hold testament to a lengthy, close and often passionate relationship. In 1954 Greene writes of his longing to see her again, and in October from Rome writes of of the only two people he loved, "you and Catherine". Greene was constantly travelling at that time and they could only meet infrequently, so their passion subsided. They remained prolific correspondents, Greene offering support though the break up of Mercia's marriages, and in turn enlisting her help in finding accommodation in Switzerland for his daughter after the break up of her marriage.

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