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Seven authors and their pipes

It’s a shame that authors don’t pose with their pipes anymore. Pipes are such a useful accessory when you need something to occupy your hands while some tiresome photographer is trying to take your picture. Dan Brown, who seems to wear tweedy sports jackets, would perhaps be a good pipe smoker.

Our little gallery of authors posing with pipes includes some very famous names.

At the top we have English author JB Priestley with his typewriter, then Argentinian novelist Julio Cortazar (who is happy to go shirtless while puffing smoke across the room), followed by author and diarist Harold Nicolson, then American writer and screenwriter Wallace Irving, scientist Albert Einstein, thriller maestro Raymond Chandler on the cover of The Life of Raymond Chandler by Frank MacShane, and finally the young Evelyn Waugh depicted in an oil painting on the cover of Ninety-Two Days, his travel book from 1934.

Ordinary authors have publicity shots, writers with a bit of gravitas, like Waugh, have paintings.

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