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Encyclopedia > John le Carré

John le Carré is the pseudonym of David John Moore Cornwell (born October 19, 1931) in Poole, Dorset, England. He studied at the University of Berne, and Lincoln College, Oxford, then, for a time, taught at Eton College, before joining the British Foreign Service. A pseudonym is a fictitious name used by an individual as an alternative to their legal name (whereas an allonym is the name of another actual person assumed by one person in authorship of a work of art; e. ... October 19 is the 291st day of the year (292nd in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 1931 is a common year starting on Thursday. ... Poole is a coastal town, port and tourist destination in the traditional county of Dorset in southern England. ... Dorset (pronounced Dorsit, sometimes in the past called Dorsetshire) is a county in the southwest of England, on the English Channel coast. ... Royal motto: Dieu et mon droit (French: God and my right) Englands location within the UK Official language English de facto Capital London de facto Largest city London Area  - Total Ranked 1st UK 130,395 km² Population  - Total (2001)  - Density Ranked 1st UK 49,138,831 377/km² Religion... The University of Berne is a university in the Swiss capital of Berne. ... Lincoln College is one of the constituent colleges of the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom. ... The Kings College of Our Lady of Eton beside Windsor, commonly known as Eton College or just Eton, is a public school (that is, an independent, fee-charging secondary school) for boys located in Eton, Berkshire near Windsor in England, located about a mile north of Windsor Castle. ...

John Le Carré is author of many Cold War thrillers, notably those recounting the exploits of George Smiley. Two novels of the Karla trilogy series, Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy and Smiley's People, were adapted as BBC television series, wherein Alec Guinness is spymaster George Smiley. A cold war is a state of conflict between nations that does not involve direct military action but is pursued primarily through economic and political actions, acts of espionage or conflict through surrogates. ... George Smiley is a fictional character created by John Le Carré. Smiley is an agent working for MI6, the British overseas intelligence agency. ... Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy is a spy novel by John le Carré, published in 1974. ... Smileys People is a spy novel by John le Carré, published in 1979, by Random House (ISBN 0394508432). ... The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) was formed in 1927 by means of a royal charter from the Crown. ... A television program is the content of television broadcasting. ... The Swan (1956) Sir Alec Guinness, CH, CBE (April 2, 1914–August 5, 2000) was a British actor who became one of the most versatile and best loved performers of his generation. ...


  1. "Call for the Dead"
  2. "A Murder of Quality"
  1. "Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy"
  2. "The Honourable Schoolboy"
  3. "Smiley's People"
  • The Little Drummer Girl - (1983)
  • A Perfect Spy - (1986)
  • The Russia House - (1989)
  • The Secret Pilgrim - (1991)
  • The Night Manager - (1993)
  • Our Game - (1995)
  • The Tailor of Panama - (1996)
  • Single & Single - (1999)
  • The Constant Gardener - (2001)
  • Absolute Friends - (2003)

The Spy Who Came in from the Cold is an espionage novel by John Le Carré, which tells the story of Alec Lemas, a British spy, sent to East Germany to gather information, who fears that his superiors have allowed him to become lost in the process. ... The Looking Glass War is a spy novel by John le Carré, published in 1965. ... Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy is a spy novel by John le Carré, published in 1974. ... The Honourable Schoolboy, published in 1977, is the second novel of the Karla Trilogy, written by spy author John Le Carré. Although George Smiley has a major supporting role, the protagonist is the Honourable Jerry Westerby, Esq. ... Smileys People is a spy novel by John le Carré, published in 1979, by Random House (ISBN 0394508432). ... The Quest for Karla, by John le Carre is an omnibus edition of three novels concerning George Smileys fight against Karla, his counterpart in the Soviet KGB. The books contained are: Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy The Honourable Schoolboy Smileys People ... A Perfect Spy is a 1986 semiautobiographical novel by the eminent British author David Cornwell, who wrote under the pseudonym John Le Carre. ... The Tailor of Panama (2001) is a spy film starring actor Pierce Brosnan and is directed by John Boorman. ... Absolute Friends is an espionage novel by John le Carre. ...

External link

  • John le Carré homepage (http://www.johnlecarre.com/)

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John Le Carré: Biography and Much More from Answers.com (1544 words)
John Le Carré is the pseudonym of David John Moore Cornwell (born October 19, 1931 in Poole, Dorset, England), an English writer of espionage novels.
Le Carré's career as a secret agent was destroyed by Kim Philby, a British double agent, who blew the cover of tens of British agents to the KGB.
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