Omnibus (featuring Simon Templar): "Alias The Saint"
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[on his choice of 'Templar' as the surname for his detective "The Saint"] Ah, there came a truly romantic fetish. My first, even pre-adolescent, idols were the giants of the legends of chivalry. The Knights of the Round Table--the Chevalier Bayard, Roland and Oliver, D'Artagnan as interpreted by Douglas Fairbanks
. The age of the glorified goon had not yet dawned, thank Heavens, at least in time ...
Charteris's papers are in a collection held by Boston University. This collection includes manuscripts for the only two unpublished "Saint" novels: "Bet on the Saint," which was written by Fleming Lee and Leslie Charteris
, and "The Saint's Lady," a manuscript written by Joy Martin and submitted to Charteris.