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Autograph letter from John le Carré to 'Doris'

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MS. Eng. c. 8417, fol. 78

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Autograph letter written on headed paper by John le Carré [David Cornwell] to 'Doris' on 27 Mar 2020, shortly after the UK's first national lockdown during the COVID-19 pandemic. Le Carré wrote that he was in Cornwall isolating not as a result of the virus, but in an attempt to escape from the publicity after he had received 'a coveted award' [the Olof Palme Prize] in Stockholm [Jan 2020]. He refers to his writing [likely to be Silverview, published posthumously].


  • Creation: 27 Mar 2020


1 Leaves

Language of Materials

  • English

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MS. Eng. c. 8417, fol. 78

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 21842


Autograph letter from John le Carré to 'Doris', 27 Mar 2020.

Biographical / Historical

John le Carré was the pseudonym of the best-selling British-Irish writer David John Moore Cornwell (1931-2020).

Custodial History

This letter was sold by Hôtel Drouot/International Autograph Auctions Europe, Autographes, photos dédicacées, lettres et manuscrits sale on 7 Apr 2022, Real del Campanario, 29688 Marbella (lot 786).

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased by the Bodleian Library from Blackwell's Rare Books, 2022.

Catalogue of autograph letter from John le Carré to 'Doris', 27 Mar 2020
Rachael Marsay
Language of description
Script of description
Catalogued with the generous support of the Roy Davids bequest
Edition statement
First edition

Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
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Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom