Thursday, February 24, 2011

John Le Carre Donates Archive to Oxford

Legendary spy novelist John Le Carre has donated his personal archive to the Bodleian Library at Oxford University.

As a graduate of Oxford, it was unlikely Le Carre would place his papers anywhere else, although one British paper called it a "crushing blow to archive-hungry American universities.

The archive consists of over 85 boxes with multiple versions of some of his works. Several items will be included in the kickoff to World Book Day in 2 weeks.

The writings of Le Carre, 79, whose real name is David Corwell, are considered important to understanding the history of the Cold War, as well as the history and development of the spy novel.

Le Carre said Oxford is the spiritual home of himself as well as his famous character George Smiley.

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