"There was a good supply of shilling classics - Longfellow, Dickens"

A shilling was a pre-decimalisation British coin worth the equivalent of 5 new pence.

 

George V shilling
Public DomainGeorge V shilling - Credit: Welkinridge, Wikimedia Commons
 

 

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Public DomainHenry Wadsworth Longfellow - Credit: F.F. Stuart
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-1882) was a popular American poet whose best-known works include The Song of Hiawatha and Evangeline.

Charles Dickens (1812-1870) is probably the most famous English Victorian novelist; his works include Oliver Twist, David Copperfield, Great Expectations and A Christmas Carol.

David Copperfield on Book Drum