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Submitted photo The family of author and editor Charles McCarry has donated his collection of books to the Lepper Library. Representing the family were Nathan and Valerie A. McCarry, son and daughter-in-law. Also present and instrumental with the donation were sisters of Nancy Neill, Susan Zehentbauer and M. Joan Kelch.

The family of author and editor Charles McCarry has donated his collection of books to the Lepper Library. McCarry began his career as a journalist for the then Evening Journal in Lisbon in the early 1950s. While living here he married local girl Nancy Neill and their adventure began. He moved on to other newspapers and ended up working for the Department of Labor in Washington as a speech writer and confidential assistant. After a while, he decided to leave the government to write full time, but was recruited by the CIA. He was sent to Europe with his family using the cover that he was a full-time writer. He worked for nine years as a deep cover operative in Europe, Asia and Africa and wrote many novels and articles. After moving back to the States, he accepted an editorial position with The National Geographic Society and continued to write books and articles.

Throughout his career he completed 23 books – 14 fiction and nine non-fiction. Ten of the novels are a spy series centered on the character Paul Christopher. He has also written screenplays, poems, short stories, as well as articles.

Charles, Nancy and their four sons have always considered Lisbon their hometown and have many relatives still living in the area. Charles McCarry passed away unexpectedly in 2019 and Nancy in 2020. Their four sons, William, Nathan, Caleb and John McCarry, presented a donation in their parent’s memory, as well as the collection of books.




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