Sunday, February 27, 2011

How John Le Carre Tinkered With His Spy Character

The British newspaper The Telegraph reports that spy novelist John le Carre has donated 85 boxes of material to Oxford University's Bodleian Library.

The material includes photos and hand-written pages about his novels. The pages show how le Carre "tinkered" with his George Smiley character in the process of writing what I believe is his finest novel, Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy.

You can read the newspaper story via the below link:

Although I don't subscribe to le Carre's anti-American leftist worldview, I think he is a good writer and an interesting writer.

You can read my review of his latest novel, Our Kind of Traitor, which appeared in The Philadelphia Inquirer, via the below link:

You can also read an earlier post on le Carre and his comments regarding his fellow spy thriller writer Ian Fleming via the below link:

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