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Snowden vs. Le Carré

John Le Carré’s pen name is perhaps the greatest and most enduring of his inventions. Born David Cornwell, he wrote his first three novels while serving as an MI6 Intelligence Officer, leaving only when The Spy Who Came in from the Cold (1963) brought him sustaining success. The alias was a proviso of his spymasters, who were happy for him to fictionalize he secret world rather than expose it in more literal ways.
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