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Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Rhyme

Posted November 14, 2011 to photo album "Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Rhyme"

The nursery rhyme that is used in the title of the spy thriller TINKER, TAILOR, SOLDIER, SPY has its own backstory and mystery.

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Modern Tinkers and Tailors

Modern Tinkers and Tailors

In the 20th century, before and after the publication of John le Carré’s novel, the term has enjoyed strong popular currency. It has been picked up in mystery novels, like Ellery Queen's Double, Double and Dorothy L. Sayers’s The Nine Taylors, as well as more modernist works like Virginia Woolf’s Between The Acts and Janet Frame’s short story “Keel and Kool.” More recently it graced the cover of a comic book featuring X-Men’s Mystique, bearing the title, “Tinker, Tailor, Mutant, Spy.” In addition, a number of British bands, like The Yardbirds, Jethro Tull, Supertramp and Queen, have used the rhyme, or variations of it, in their lyrics.