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Two impressive mustaches meet and exchange books. S.S. Van Dine (right) and his creation Philo Vance (aka the wonderful dreamy Powell)

Two impressive mustaches meet and exchange books. Van Dine (right) and his creation Philo Vance (aka the wonderful dreamy Powell)

S.S. Van Dine looking sharp, especially his well-tended mustache.

Van Dine looking sharp, especially his well-tended mustache.

The Curse Of The Bronze Lamp aka Lord of the Sorcerors by Carter Dickson aka John Dickson Carr

The Curse Of The Bronze Lamp aka Lord of the Sorcerors by Carter Dickson aka John Dickson Carr

The Curse Of The Bronze Lamp (aka Lord of the Sorcerors) by Carter Dickson (aka John Dickson Carr), vintage British Golden Age detective fiction, Pan

Algernon Charles Swinburne (5 April 1837 – 10 April 1909) was an English poet,playwright,  novelist,and critic.He invented the roundel   form,wrote several novels,and contributed to   the famous  Eleventh Edition of the Encyclopaedia Britannica.He was nominated  for the Nobel Prize in Literature in every year  from 1903 to 1907 and again in 1909.

Algernon Swinburne (Algernon Charles Swinburne born in London on April 1837 - April was an English poet, playwright, novelist and Cannibal Club member. Works include: The saviour of society, The cannibal catechism and many poems about flagellation.

Described as the "Jane Austen of the 20th Century" by J. B. Priestley, Dorothy Whipple enjoyed a period of great popularity between the wars, two of her novels being made into feature films,

Described as the "Jane Austen of the Century" by J. Priestley, Dorothy Whipple enjoyed a period of great popularity between the wars, two of her novels being made into feature films,

It is better to travel hopefully than to arrive. Arrival often brings nothing but a sense of desolation and disappointment  - Rosamunde Pilcher

It is better to travel hopefully than to arrive. Arrival often brings nothing but a sense of desolation and disappointment - Rosamunde Pilcher

John Milton   (1608 - 1674)    Category:  English Literature Born:  November 3, 1608  London, England Died:  October 20, 1674  Chalfont, St. Giles, Buckinghamshire, England

John Milton (1608 - 1674) Category: English Literature Born: November 3, 1608 London, England Died: October 20, 1674 Chalfont, St. Giles, Buckinghamshire, England

The Unpleasantness At The Bellona Club by Dorothy L. Sayers; I love this cover. I have an older edition, too, but nothing beats the skeleton.

The Unpleasantness At The Bellona Club by Dorothy L. Sayers, British Golden Age Crime novel, Four Square

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