The great Jowett.

London, The Bodley Head, 1981.

8vo, pp. [2], 43, [1]; no. 16 of a limited edition of 525 copies, signed ‘Graham Greene’; very good in orange cloth, title and author’s name to upper cover on black ground within oval gilt frame, spine lettered gilt, grey endpapers; board edges and spine slightly sunned; bookplate of Sir Anthony Kenny.


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Signed limited edition of this play about the great Oxford scholar and reformer Benjamin Jowett (1817-93), written by Greene in 1939 for BBC radio.

Jowett served as Master of Balliol College, Oxford, from 1870 until his death, turning it ‘into the leading college in the first university in the United Kingdom at the height of its world power’ (ODNB). Regarded as one of the greatest writers of the 20th century, Greene went up to Balliol in 1922 to study history, though he spent much of his time and energy on writing poetry. The eminent philosopher Sir Anthony Kenny (b. 1931) – whose numerous works include studies of Descartes, Wittgenstein, Aristotle, Aquinas, and Frege – was Master of Balliol from 1978 to 1989.

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