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John le Carre (1931-2020) was the pen name of David John Moore Cornwell, who was born in Poole, Dorset. He was educated at Sherborne School, at the University of Berne (where he studied German literature for a year) and at Lincoln College, Oxford, where he graduated with a first-class honors degree in modern languages.
He taught at Eton from 1956 to 1958 and worked for the British intelligence services MI5 and MI6, when he began writing novels under the pen name, John le Carre. His third novel The Spy Who Came in from the Cold (1963) became an international best-seller, and remains one of his best known works. Following the novel's success, he left MI6 to become a full-time author. You can find a selection of John Le Carre signed books below this author biography.
Le Carre established himself as an important writer of espionage fiction. In 1990, he received the Helmerich Award which is presented annually by the Tulsa Library Trust. In 2008, The Times ranked Le Carre 22nd on its list of "The 50 greatest British writers since 1945". In 2011, he won the Goethe Medal, a yearly prize given by the Goethe Institute. In 1998, he was awarded an Honorary Degree (Doctor of Letters) from the University of Bath. In 2012, he was awarded the Degree of Doctor of Letters, honoris causa by the University of Oxford.
John le Carré Bibliography
Call for the Dead - 1961
- A Murder of Quality - 1962
- The Spy Who Came in from the Cold - 1963
- The Looking Glass War - 1965
- A Small Town in Germany - 1968
- The Naïve and Sentimental Lover - 1971
- Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy - 1974
- The Honourable Schoolboy - 1977
- Smiley's People - 1979
- The Little Drummer Girl - 1983
- A Perfect Spy - 1986
- The Russia House - 1989
- The Secret Pilgrim - 1990
- The Night Manager - 1993
- Our Game - 1995
- The Tailor of Panama - 1996
- Single & Single - 1999
- The Constant Gardener - 2001
- Absolute Friends - 2003
- The Mission Song - 2006
- A Most Wanted Man - 2008
- Our Kind of Traitor - 2010
- A Delicate Truth - 2013
- A Legacy of Spies - September 2017
- Silverview - 2021
- The Good Soldier - 1991
- The United States Has Gone Mad - 2003
- Afterword - 2014 - an essay on Kim Philby, published in A Spy Among Friends by Ben Macintyre
- Dare I Weep, Dare I Mourn? - 1967 - published in the Saturday Evening Post 28 January 1967.
- What Ritual is Being Observed Tonight? - 1968 - published in the Saturday Evening Post 2 November 1968.
- The Writer and The Horse - 1968 - published in The Savile Club Centenary Magazine and later The Argosy (& The Saturday Review under the title A Writer and A Gentleman.)
- The King Who Never Spoke - 2009 - published in Ox-Tales: Fire 2 July 2009.
- The Incongruous Spy - 1964 (containing Call for the Dead and A Murder of Quality)
- The Quest for Karla - 1982 (containing Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, The Honourable Schoolboy and Smiley's People)
John le Carré Awards
1963 British Crime Writers Association Gold Dagger for The Spy Who Came in from the Cold
- 1964 Somerset Maugham Award for The Spy Who Came in from the Cold
- 1965 Mystery Writers of America Edgar Award for The Spy Who Came in from the Cold
- 1977 British Crime Writers Association Gold Dagger for The Honourable Schoolboy
- 1977 James Tait Black Memorial Prize Fiction Award for The Honourable Schoolboy
- 1983 Japan Adventure Fiction Association Prize for The Little Drummer Girl
- 1984 Mystery Writers of America Edgar Grand Master
- 1988 British Crime Writers Association Diamond Dagger Lifetime Achievement Award
- 1988 The Malaparte Prize, Italy
- 1990 The Helmerich Award of the Tulsa Library Trust
- 1991 Nikos Kasanzakis prize
- 2005 British Crime Writers Association Dagger of Daggers for The Spy Who Came in from the Cold
- 2005 Commander of the Order of Arts and Letters, France
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