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The Quiet American Lesson Plan

Introduction to The Quiet American

First published in England in 1955, The Quiet American stood as another well-received installment in Graham Greene's storied literary career. Greene was inspired by his own experiences as a war correspondent living in Vietnam. The novel became increasingly controversial as the United States became embroiled in the Vietnam war. Greene's novel was seen as anti-American by many of its opponents. As the American anti-war movement grew, many embraced The Quiet American as a prescient and chilling warning about the brutality of European colonialism and American imperialism.

In recent years, the novel has received academic attention as an anti-war novel and period piece. It was the subject two...

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