Greene was one of the most significant British 20th C novelists and screenwriters. Waugh and he were Oxford fellow-students, though they only became friends as established novelists. Read, one of Greene’s heroes, invited him to dinner with the other, Eliot. Hemingway invited him for drinks in Cuba, Capote and Brook (separately) went to Haiti with him, and Škvorecky wrote him very long letters. He worked closely with Reed, liked Losey, and secretly wangled a bit-part in a film of his admirer Truffaut’s. He was convinced that Márquez, met at a Paris party, had phoned him anonymously to broker a political ransom.