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John Le Carre
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    (October 19, 1931- )
    Born in Poole, Dorset, England, United Kingdom
    Birth name was David John Moore Cornwell
    Agent for the MI5/MI6 intelligence services
    Wrote 'Call for the Dead' (1961), 'The Spy Who Came In From the Cold' (1963), '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 Tailor of Panama' (1996), 'The Constant Gardener' (2001), 'Absolute Friends' (2003) and 'The Mission Song' (2006)
    He described the reaction of British intelligence to his literary career as 'I was a shit, consigned to the ranks of the other shits... whom had betrayed the Service by writing about it.'
    He calls British journalists 'little pigs.'
    He hates telephones and cities.
    He has rejected all honors offered, saying he will never become 'Sir David.'
    He refused to support Salman Rushdie after the Ayatollah Khomeni issued a fatwa, and called for a halt in the publication of the paperback edition of 'The Satanic Verses.'
    Rushdie later called him 'an illiterate, pompous ass.'
    His mother abandoned the family when he was five, while his father was a con man who was jailed for insurance fraud.
    His career as a spy ended after his cover was blown by double agent Kim Philby.
    His novels are known for their realistic, unglamorous and morally ambiguous portrayal of espionage.
    'The Spy Who Came In From the Cold' was named the best crime novel of the past 50 years by the Crime Writers' Association (2005).
    He said of the war in Iraq, '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.'
    Despite his disdain for the administration's policies, George W. Bush is a fan of his books.

Credit: C. Fishel


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