John le Carré

John le Carré is the nom de plume of David Cornwell, who began writing espionage novels in 1961. He achieved fame in 1963 with The Spy Who Came in from the Cold, one of the author’s eight novels centering on master spy George Smiley. From 1959 to 1964 le Carré worked for the British Foreign Service. “Artists, in my experience, have very little center,” he said. “They fake. They are not the real thing. They are spies. I am no exception.”

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