|John le Carré|
Any spy novelist working today must contend with the legacy of John le Carré, and it's a rare author who earns comparison with the master. Le Carré's The Spy Who Came In from the Cold and his trilogy starring British intelligence hero George Smiley and nemesis "Karla" are classics of Cold War literature, but the closing of that era has not left le Carré at loose ends: His later novels have departed for new milieus with no sacrifice of intrigue.
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John le Carré
Also Known As:
David John Moore Cornwell (real name)
Cornwall and Hampstead, England
Date of Birth:
October 19, 1931
Place of Birth:
Poole, Dorsetshire, England
Attended Bern University, Switzerland, 1948-49; B.A. in Modern Languages (with honors), Oxford, 1956
Dagger Award (British Crime Writers' Association) for The Honourable Schoolboy, 1977; Edgar Award for The Spy Who Came in from the Cold, 1965
|The "Karla" Trilogy||Recommendations from le Carré |
|Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy|
John le Carre
In the first of three novels that pit British Secret Service agent George Smiley against Soviet nemesis Karla, Smiley must uncover a mole who has ascended to the top of British intelligence ranks. The Emperor of Ocean Park author Stephen L. Carter chose this title and Smiley's People as two of his all-time favorite fiction titles, calling them "two modern masterpieces of the espionage genre."
|Right Ho, Jeeves|
P. G. Wodehouse
In 1996, le Carré delivered an essay to Salon.com on his favorite works. He selects an installment of Wodehouse's classic Jeeves series, then suggests several other titles, including The Good Soldier ("One of the saddest and greatest novels of our century or any other") and The Death of Ivan Ilych ("The greatest short story in the world").