Paul Gallico, 1952
A novelist with an unerring nose for popular taste, Gallico makes a good fist of anticipating the kind of image guaranteed to go viral on Twitter. Kittens, yes, but the duffle hood is the real killer—cosy enough for a cold day in Manhattan, yet dropping a hint of Left Bank, beatnik and Michaelmas-in-Oxford. Six years later, the same look worked for Paddington Bear. But not as well as it did for Gallico. Paddington lived in a box-room in west London; Paul died rich, and in Monaco.