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Le Carre, John (pseudonym of David [John] Moore Cornwell)

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Born: 1931 AD
Currently alive, at 83 years of age.

Nationality: British
Categories: Novelists, Writers

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1931 - John le Carre is the pseudonym of David John Moore Cornwell was born on October 19th in Poole, Dorset, England.

         - Le Carre is the 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, in which Alec Guinness starred as Smiley.

         - A Perfect Spy, which is regarded as an autobiographical novel, is grounded in le Carre's peculiar relationship with his father.

         - Nearly all of le Carre's novels are in the spy-thriller genre, with the notable exception of The Naive and Sentimental Lover. This novel also has autobiographical elements to it, being based on his relationship with James Kennaway and Susan Kennaway.

1948-1949 - Studied at the University of Berne, developing a fascination in foreign languages, and then studied at Lincoln College, Oxford.

1954 - He married Alison Ann Veronica Sharp. There were three sons born of this marriage: Simon, Stephen and Timothy.

1956 - He graduated from Lincoln College with honors.

         - He then taught at Eton College for 2 years. Subsequently, he joined the British Foreign Service (ultimately MI6), where he served mostly in West Germany.

1959-1964 - Member of the British Foreign Service.

1965 - Received the Edgar Allan Poe Award Best Novel, for The Spy Who Came in from the Cold .

1972 - He married Valerie Jane Eustace a book editor with Hodder and Stoughton, and this marriage produced one son Nicholas.

1984 - Received the Edgar Allan Poe Award.

2003 - Le Carre published an essay entitled "The United States has gone mad" in The Times in January, protesting the war in Iraq, saying: "How Bush and his junta succeeded in deflecting America's anger from bin Laden to Saddam Hussein is one of the great public relations conjuring tricks of history." He has turned down a number of awards, including knighthood.

2005 - The film The Constant Gardener was released, based on his novel. The story is set in slums in Kibera and Loiyangalani, Kenya.


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