John le Carré
|John le Carré|
John le Carré in Hamburg, 2008
|Born||David John Moore Cornwell
19 October 1931
Poole, Dorset, England
|Occupation||Novelist, former intelligence officer|
|Alma mater||Lincoln College, Oxford|
|Notable works||The Spy Who Came in from the Cold
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
The Honourable Schoolboy
The Night Manager
The Constant Gardener
|Spouse||Alison Sharp (m. 1954–71)
Valerie Eustace (m. 1972–present)
David John Moore Cornwell, alias John le Carré / /, (born 19 October 1931) is a British author of espionage novels. During the 1950s and the 1960s, he worked for both the Security Service and the Secret Intelligence Service, and began writing novels under his pen name. His third novel, The Spy Who Came in from the Cold (1963), became an international best-seller, and remains one of his best-known works. Following the success of this novel, he left MI6 to become a full-time author.
Le Carré established himself as a writer of espionage fiction. In 2008, The Times ranked him 22nd on its list of "The 50 greatest British writers since 1945". In 2011, he won the Goethe Medal, a yearly prize given by the Goethe Institute.
- 1 Early life and career
- 2 Personal life
- 3 Writing style
- 4 Politics
- 5 Interviews
- 6 Bibliography
- 7 Adaptations
- 8 Archive
- 9 Awards and honours
- 10 References
- 11 Further reading
- 12 External links
Early life and career
On 19 October 1931, David John Moore Cornwell was born to Ronald Thomas Archibald (Ronnie) Cornwell (1906–75) and Olive (Glassy) Cornwell, in Poole, Dorset, England. He was the second son to the marriage, the first being Tony, two years his elder, now a retired advertising executive. His younger half-sister is the actress Charlotte Cornwell. Rupert Cornwell, a former The Independent newspaper Washington bureau-chief, is a younger half-brother. Le Carré said he did not know his mother, who abandoned him when he was five years old, until their re-acquaintance when he was 21 years old. His relationship with his father was difficult – given that the man had been jailed for insurance fraud, was an associate of the Kray twins (among the foremost criminals in London) and was continually in debt. A biographer reports,
"His father, Ronnie, made and lost his fortune a number of times due to elaborate confidence tricks and schemes which landed him in prison on at least one occasion. This was one of the factors that led to le Carré's fascination with secrets."
The scheming con-man character, Rick Pym, the father of Magnus Pym in A Perfect Spy was based on Ronnie. When his father died in 1975, le Carré paid for a memorial funeral service, but did not attend.
Cornwell's formal schooling began at St Andrew's Preparatory School, near Pangbourne, Berkshire, then continued at Sherborne School; he proved unhappy with the typically harsh English public school régime of the time, and disliked his disciplinarian housemaster, Thomas, and so withdrew. From 1948 to 1949, he studied foreign languages at the University of Bern in Switzerland. In 1950 he joined the Intelligence Corps of the British Army garrisoned in Austria, working as a German language interrogator of people who crossed the Iron Curtain to the West. In 1952, he returned to England to study at Lincoln College, Oxford, where he worked covertly for the British Security Service, MI5, spying on far-left groups for information about possible Soviet agents.
When, in 1954, his father declared bankruptcy, Cornwell quit Oxford to teach at a boys' preparatory school; however, a year later he returned to Oxford, and graduated in 1956 with a (First Class Honours) Bachelor of Arts degree. He then taught French and German at Eton College for two years, becoming an MI5 officer in 1958. He ran agents, conducted interrogations, tapped telephone lines and effected break-ins. Encouraged by Lord Clanmorris (who wrote crime novels as "John Bingham"), and whilst being an active MI5 officer, Cornwell began writing his first novel Call for the Dead (1961). Cornwell has identified Lord Clanmorris as one of two models for George Smiley, the spymaster of the Circus, the other being Vivian H. H. Green. As a schoolboy, Cornwell had first met Green when he was the Chaplain and Assistant Master at Sherborne School (1942–51). The friendship continued after Green's move to Lincoln College, where he tutored Cornwell.
In 1960, Cornwell transferred to MI6, the foreign-intelligence service, and worked under 'Second Secretary' cover in the British Embassy at Bonn; he later was transferred to Hamburg as a political consul. There, he wrote the detective story A Murder of Quality (1962) and The Spy Who Came in from the Cold (1963), as "John le Carré" (le Carré is French for "the Square") – a pseudonym required because Foreign Office officers were forbidden to publish in their own names. Cornwell left the service in 1964 to work full-time as a novelist, his intelligence-officer career at an end as the result of the betrayal of British agents' covers to the KGB by Kim Philby, the infamous British double agent (one of the Cambridge Five). Le Carré depicts and analyses Philby as the upper-class traitor, code-named "Gerald" by the KGB, the mole George Smiley hunts in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (1974). Credited by his pen name, Cornwell appears as an extra in the 2011 film version of Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, among the guests at the Christmas party seen in several flashback scenes.
In 1964, le Carré won the Somerset Maugham Award (established to enable British writers younger than 35 to enrich their writing by spending time abroad).
In 1954, Cornwell married Alison Ann Veronica Sharp; they had three sons—Simon, Stephen and Timothy—and divorced in 1971. In 1972, Cornwell married Valérie Jane Eustace, a book editor with Hodder & Stoughton; they have one son, Nicholas, who writes as Nick Harkaway.
Le Carré's first two novels – Call for the Dead (1961) and A Murder of Quality (1962) – are mystery fiction, in which the hero, George Smiley of the SIS (the Circus), resolves the riddles of the deaths investigated. In these first novels his motives are rather more personal than political.
Most of le Carré's novels are spy stories set in the Cold War (1945–91) and feature Circus agents—unheroic political functionaries aware of the moral ambiguity of their work and engaged in psychological more than physical drama. Le Carré's books emphasise the fallibility of Western democracy and of the secret services protecting it, often implying the possibility of East-West moral equivalence. Moreover, they experience little of the violence typically encountered in action thrillers and have very little recourse to gadgets. Much of the conflict is internal, rather than external and visible.
A departure from the use of East–West conflict as a backdrop in this era is the spy novel The Little Drummer Girl (1983), which is set against the Israel–Palestine conflict.
A Perfect Spy (1986), which chronicles the boyhood moral education of Magnus Pym and how it leads to his becoming a spy, is the author's most autobiographical espionage novel, reflecting the boy's very close relationship with his con man father. Biographer Lynndianne Beene describes the novelist's own father, Richard Cornwell, as "an epic con man of little education, immense charm, extravagant tastes, but no social values"; le Carré reflected that "writing A Perfect Spy is probably what a very wise shrink would have advised".
Le Carré's only non-genre novel, The Naïve and Sentimental Lover (1971), is the story of a man's post-marital existential crisis.
With the fall of the Iron Curtain in 1989, le Carré's writing shifted to portrayal of the new multilateral world. For example, The Night Manager (1993), his first completely post-Cold-War novel, deals with drug and arms smuggling in the murky world of Latin America drug lords, shady Caribbean banking entities, and western officials who look the other way.
In a TV interview with Jon Snow of Channel 4 News, Le Carré remarked on his own writing style that, since the facts that inform his work were widely known, he felt it was his job to put them into a context that made them believable to the reader.[when?]
In January 2003, The Times published le Carré's essay "The United States Has Gone Mad". Le Carré contributed it to a volume of political essays titled Not One More Death (2006). Other contributors include Richard Dawkins, Brian Eno, Michel Faber, Harold Pinter, and Haifa Zangana.
Le Carré wrote a testimonial in The Future of the NHS.
In an interview broadcast in October 2008 on BBC Four, Mark Lawson asked him to name a Best of le Carré list of books; the novelist answered: The Spy Who Came in from the Cold, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, The Tailor of Panama and The Constant Gardener.
In September 2010, le Carré was interviewed on Channel 4 News by journalist Jon Snow at his house in Cornwall. The conversation involved several topics: his writing career generally and processes adopted for writing (specifically about his latest book, Our Kind of Traitor, involving Russia and its current global influences – financially and politically); his SIS career, discussing why – both personally and more generally – one did such a job then, as compared to now; and how the earlier fight against communism had now moved to the hugely negative effects of certain aspects of excessive capitalism. During the interview he said that it would be his last UK television interview. While reticent as to his exact reasons, those he was willing to cite were that of slight self-loathing (which he considered most people feel), along with a distaste for showing off (he felt that writing necessarily involved a lot of this anyway) and an unwillingness to breach what he felt was the necessarily solitary nature of the writer's work. He was also wary of wasting writing time and dissipating his talent in social success, having seen this happen to many talented writers, to what he felt was the detriment of their later work.
A week after this appearance, le Carré was interviewed for the TV show Democracy Now! in the US. He told interviewer Amy Goodman "This is the last book about which I intend to give interviews. That isn't because I'm in any sense retiring. I've found that, actually, I've said everything I really want to say, outside my books. I would just like—I'm in wonderful shape. I'm entering my eightieth year. I just want to devote myself entirely to writing and not to this particular art form of conversation." In December 2010 Channel 4 broadcast John Le Carre: A Life Unmasked, described as his "most candid" television interview.
- Call for the Dead (1961) ISBN 0-143-12257-6
- A Murder of Quality (1962) ISBN 0-141-19637-8
- The Spy Who Came in from the Cold (1963) ISBN 0-143-12475-7
- The Looking Glass War (1965) ISBN 0-143-12259-2
- A Small Town in Germany (1968) ISBN 0-143-12260-6
- The Naïve and Sentimental Lover (1971) ISBN 0-143-11975-3
- Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (1974) ISBN 0-143-12093-X
- The Honourable Schoolboy (1977) ISBN 0-143-11973-7
- Smiley's People (1979) ISBN 0-340-99439-8
- The Little Drummer Girl (1983) ISBN 0-143-11974-5
- A Perfect Spy (1986) ISBN 0-143-11976-1
- The Russia House (1989) ISBN 0-743-46466-4
- The Secret Pilgrim (1990) ISBN 0-345-50442-9
- The Night Manager (1993) ISBN 0-345-38576-4
- Our Game (1995) ISBN 0-345-40000-3
- The Tailor of Panama (1996) ISBN 0-345-42043-8
- Single & Single (1999) ISBN 0-743-45806-0
- The Constant Gardener (2001) ISBN 0-743-28720-7
- Absolute Friends (2003) ISBN 0-670-04489-X
- The Mission Song (2006) ISBN 0-340-92199-4
- A Most Wanted Man (2008) ISBN 1-416-59609-7
- Our Kind of Traitor (2010) ISBN 0-143-11972-9
- A Delicate Truth (2013) ISBN 0-143-12531-1
- A Legacy of Spies (2017) ISBN 978-0-735-22511-4
- The Good Soldier (1991) collected in Granta 35: The Unbearable Peace
- The United States Has Gone Mad (2003) collected in Not One More Death (2006) ISBN 1-844-67116-X
- Afterword (2014) – an essay on Kim Philby, published in A Spy Among Friends by Ben Macintyre
- The Pigeon Tunnel: Stories from My Life (2016)
- "Dare I Weep, Dare I Mourn?" (1967) published in the Saturday Evening Post 28 January 1967.
- "What Ritual is Being Observed Tonight?" (1968) published in the Saturday Evening Post 2 November 1968.
- "The Writer and The Horse" (1968) published in The Savile Club Centenary Magazine and later The Argosy (& The Saturday Review under the title A Writer and A Gentleman.)
- "The King Who Never Spoke" (2009) published in Ox-Tales: Fire 2 July 2009.
- The Incongruous Spy (1964) (containing Call for the Dead and A Murder of Quality)
- The Quest for Karla (1982) (containing Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, The Honourable Schoolboy and Smiley's People) (republished in 1995 as Smiley Versus Karla in the UK; and John Le Carré: Three Complete Novels in the U.S.) ISBN 0-394-52848-4
- End of the Line (1970) broadcast 29 June 1970
- A Murder of Quality (1991)
- The Tailor of Panama (2001) with John Boorman and Andrew Davies
- The Tailor of Panama (2001)
- Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011)
- A Most Wanted Man (2014)
- The Night Manager (2016)
- Our Kind of Traitor (2016)
- The Little Drummer Girl (1984, as David Cornwell)
- Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011, as John le Carré)
- A Most Wanted Man (2014)
- Our Kind of Traitor (2016)
- The Night Manager (2016, as David Cornwell)
- The Spy Who Came in from the Cold (1965), directed by Martin Ritt, with Richard Burton as protagonist Alec Leamas
- The Deadly Affair (1966), an adaptation of Call for the Dead, directed by Sidney Lumet, with James Mason as Charles Dobbs (George Smiley in the novel)
- The Looking Glass War (1969), directed by Frank Pierson, with Anthony Hopkins as Avery, Christopher Jones as Leiser, and Sir Ralph Richardson as LeClerc
- The Little Drummer Girl (1984), directed by George Roy Hill, with Diane Keaton as Charlie
- The Russia House (1990), directed by Fred Schepisi, with Sean Connery as Barley Blair
- The Tailor of Panama (2001), directed by John Boorman, with Pierce Brosnan as Andy Osnard, a disgraced spy, and Geoffrey Rush as emigre English tailor Harry Pendel
- The Constant Gardener (2005), directed by Fernando Meirelles, with Ralph Fiennes as Justin Quayle, set in the slums in Kibera and Loiyangalani, Kenya; the poverty so affected the film crew that they established the Constant Gardener Trust to provide basic education to those areas (John le Carré is a patron of the charity)
- Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011), directed by Tomas Alfredson and starring Gary Oldman as George Smiley
- A Most Wanted Man (2014), directed by Anton Corbijn and starring Philip Seymour Hoffman
- Our Kind of Traitor (2016), directed by Susanna White and starring Ewan McGregor
- The Russia House (1994 on BBC Radio 4), features Tom Baker as Barley Blair.
- The Complete Smiley (2009–2010 on BBC Radio 4), an eight-part radio-play series, based upon the novels featuring George Smiley, that commenced broadcast on 23 May 2009, beginning with Call for the Dead, with Simon Russell Beale as George Smiley, and concluding with The Secret Pilgrim, in June 2010
- A Delicate Truth (May 2013 on BBC Radio 4's Book at Bedtime), recorded by Damian Lewis
- Abridged excerpts from The Pigeon Tunnel were broadcast as BBC Radio 4's Book of the Week commencing on 12 September 2016.
- Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (1979), BBC seven-part television mini-series, with Alec Guinness as George Smiley
- Smiley's People (1982), BBC television mini-series, with Alec Guinness as George Smiley
- A Perfect Spy (1987), BBC television adaptation directed by Peter Smith, with Peter Egan as Magnus Pym and Ray McAnally as Rick
- A Murder of Quality (1991), Thames Television adaptation directed by Gavin Millar, with Denholm Elliott as George Smiley and Joss Ackland as Terence Fielding
- The Night Manager (2016), a BBC and AMC mini-series, directed by Susanne Bier, with Tom Hiddleston as Jonathan Pine and Hugh Laurie as Richard Onslow Roper
In 2010, le Carré donated his literary archive to the Bodleian Library, Oxford. The initial 85 boxes of material deposited included handwritten drafts of Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy and The Constant Gardener. The library hosted a public display of these and other items to mark World Book Day in March 2011.
Awards and honours
- 1963 British Crime Writers Association Gold Dagger for The Spy Who Came in from the Cold
- 1964 Somerset Maugham Award for The Spy Who Came in from the Cold
- 1965 Mystery Writers of America Edgar Award for The Spy Who Came in from the Cold
- 1977 British Crime Writers Association Gold Dagger for The Honourable Schoolboy
- 1977 James Tait Black Memorial Prize Fiction Award for The Honourable Schoolboy
- 1983 Japan Adventure Fiction Association Prize for The Little Drummer Girl
- 1984 Honorary Fellow Lincoln College, Oxford
- 1984 Mystery Writers of America Edgar Grand Master 
- 1988 British Crime Writers Association Diamond Dagger Lifetime Achievement Award
- 1988 The Malaparte Prize, Italy
- 1990 Honorary Degree University of Exeter
- 1990 The Helmerich Award of the Tulsa Library Trust.
- 1991 Nikos Kazantzakis prize
- 1996 Honorary Degree University of St. Andrews
- 1997 Honorary Degree University of Southampton
- 1998 Honorary Degree University of Bath
- 2005 British Crime Writers Association Dagger of Daggers for The Spy Who Came in from the Cold
- 2005 Commander of the Order of Arts and Letters, France
- 2008 Honorary Doctorate University of Bern
- 2011 Goethe Medal of the Goethe Institute
- 2012 Honorary Doctorate University of Oxford
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- Anthony, Andrew (1 November 2009). "Observer Profile: John le Carré: A man of great intelligence". The Observer. London: Guardian News and Media. Retrieved 4 March 2010.
- Garton Ash, Timothy. – Life and Letters: "'The Real le Carre'". – The New Yorker. – 15 March 1999.
- Staff (26 January 2005). "The Reverend Vivian Green – Telegraph". The Daily Telegraph. London: TMG. ISSN 0307-1235. OCLC 49632006. Retrieved 4 August 2011.
- Singh, Anita (24 February 2011). "John le Carré: the real George Smiley revealed". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 3 September 2016.
- George Plimpton (Summer 1997). "John le Carré, The Art of Fiction No. 149". The Paris Review.
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- Debrett's People of Today, "Le Carre – John (pen name of David John Moore Cornwell)," 1 November 2000
- Walker, Tim (5 June 2009). Eden, Richard, ed. "Le Carré pays tribute to his first love". The Daily Telegraph.
- Herbert, Ian (6 June 2007). "Written in his stars: son of Le Carré gets £300,000 for first novel". The Independent.
- Gibbs, Geoffrey (24 July 1999). "Spy writer fights for clifftop paradise". The Guardian.
- "Honorary Graduates 1989 to present". bath.ac.uk. University of Bath. Retrieved 18 February 2012.
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- Holcombe, Garan (2006). "Contemporary writers". British Council. Retrieved 4 March 2010.
- Rausing, Sigrid. "Granta 35: The Unbearable Peace". Granta Magazine. Retrieved 4 March 2010.
- "Ox-Tales". Oxfam. Archived from the original on 18 July 2011. Retrieved 4 March 2010.
- Snow, Jon (journalist). "TV interview with le Carré". Channel 4 News. le Carré's house in Cornwall.
- "The spy who came in from the cold". The Economist. 30 October 2015. Retrieved 30 October 2015.
- le Carré, John (15 January 2003). "Opinion: The United States of America has gone mad". The Sunday Times. Archived from the original on 4 December 2010. Retrieved 8 February 2011.
- Not One More Death. The Library of Congress. 2006.
- Tempest, Michelle (2006). The Future of the NHS. ISBN 1-85811-369-5. Retrieved 13 October 2015.
- , Book Club, Radio Four, February 1999
- "Mark Lawson Talks To... – John le Carre" (Adobe Flash). BBC Four. October 2008. (Subscription required (. ))[link expired]
- Le Carré betrayed by 'bad lot' spy Kim Philby, Channel 4 News. Retrieved 3 October 2010.
- Goodman, Amy (20 September 2010). "Legendary British Author John le Carré on Why He Won't Be Reading Tony Blair's Iraq War-Defending Memoir". Democracy Now!. Retrieved 20 September 2010.
- Goodman, Amy (11 October 2010). "Exclusive: British Novelist John le Carré on the Iraq War, Corporate Power, the Exploitation of Africa and His New Novel, Our Kind of Traitor". Democracy Now!. Retrieved 11 October 2010.
- December 2010, Channel 4, John Le Carre: A Life Unmasked
- CBS Sunday Morning, 27 February 2011. Le Carré was interviewed on the CBC's Writers and Company on 26 May 2013, again saying to Eleanor Watchtel that this would be his last interview
- Hay Festival interview with le Carré and Philippe Sands (1 hr 40 mins) 31 May 2013
- Robert McCrum (9 March 2014). "A Spy Among Friends review:Kim Philby's treacherous friendship with Nicholas Elliot". The Observer. Retrieved 25 March 2014.
- Penguin Random House to publish John le Carré’s memoir in September 2016, Le Carré Productions Ltd, 9 October 2015, retrieved 21 February 2016
- "The Complete Smiley". BBC – Radio 4 – Drama. Retrieved 23 May 2009.
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- "The Pigeon Tunnel: Stories from My Life by John le Carre, Book of the Week - BBC Radio 4".
- Katherine Sellgren (24 February 2011). "John le Carre donates archive to Bodleian Library". BBC News. Retrieved 13 May 2013.
- Charlotte Higgins (23 February 2011). "John le Carre gives his literary archive to Oxford's Bodleian Library". The Guardian. Retrieved 13 May 2013.
- "The CWA Gold Dagger". Crime Writers Association. 5 July 2012. Retrieved 8 January 2013.
- "The Somerset Maugham Award – Past Winners". The Society of Authors. Retrieved 6 March 2013.
- "The Edgar database". Mystery Writers of America. Retrieved 10 March 2013.
- "John le Carre, Esq". Debretts. Retrieved 10 March 2013.
- "The Cartier Diamond Dagger". Crime Writers Association. 5 July 2012. Archived from the original on 3 December 2012. Retrieved 7 January 2013.
- "Previous honorary graduates". University of Exeter. Retrieved 6 March 2013.
- "Peggy V. Helmerich Distinguished Author Award". Tulsa Library Trust. 1990.
- "Honorary Graduates". St Andrews University. Retrieved 6 March 2013.
- "Honorary graduates of earlier years". The University of Southampton. Retrieved 6 March 2013.
- "John le Carrie wins the Dagger of Daggers". Crime Writers' Association. Retrieved 6 March 2013.
- "Bern University honours John le Carre". The Swiss Broadcasting Corporation. 6 December 2008. Retrieved 9 March 2013.
- "The Goethe Medal – Award Recipients 1955–2012". The Goethe Institute. Retrieved 5 March 2013.
- "Oxford announces honorary degrees for 2012". University of Oxford. 19 January 2012. Retrieved 5 March 2013.
- Aronoff, Myron J. The Spy Novels of John le Carre: Balancing Ethics and Politics. Palgrave. ISBN 0-312-21482-0 (HB), ISBN 0-312-23881-9 (PB).
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- Bruccoli, Matthew J.; Baughman, Judith S., eds. (2004). Conversations with John le Carré. University Press of Mississippi. ISBN 1-57806-669-7.
- Contemporary Authors, New Revision Series, Vol. 33, pp. 94–99.
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- Hindersmann, Jost (2005). "The right side lost, but the wrong side won: John le Carré's Spy Novels before and after the End of the Cold War". Clues: A Journal of Detection. 23 (4): 25–37. ISSN 0742-4248. doi:10.3200/CLUS.23.4.25-37.
- le Carré, John (April 15, 2013). "The Spy Who Liked Me; on the set with Richard Burton and Martin Ritt". The New Yorker. pp. 28–32. (contains a 1965 photograph of actor Richard Burton and author John le Carré sitting together on the movie set of "The Spy Who Came in from the Cold")
- Monaghan, David. Smiley's Circus: A guide to the Secret World of John le Carre. Orbis Book Publishing. ISBN 0-85613-916-5.
- Sisman, Adam (2015). John le Carré: The Biography (1st ed.). Bloomsbury Publishing. ISBN 9781408827932.
- Snyder, Robert Lance. John le Carré's Post-Cold War Fiction. Columbia: University of Missouri Press, 2017.
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- 1966 BBC TV interview with Malcolm Muggeridge
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- Interview, People Magazine, issue 13 September 1993
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- 1964 Canadian Broadcasting Corp. Interview of le Carré
- John le Carré on the Iraq War, Corporate Power, and the Exploitation of Africa – video interview by Democracy Now!
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