Graham Green was one of the foremost novelists of the 20th Century. He was also an astute film critic. In addition to these talents he was also a collector of rare books. He was quoted as saying that if he had not been a writer, he would like to owned and run a secondhand bookshop. At the time of his death his collection numbered 3,000 volumes with as many as 500 editions signed or inscribed by the greats of modern literature.