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I'm keeping an alphabetically sorted (somehow) collection of books in my library. Unfortunately somebody shifted things around a bit and then deleted some stuff in all of the resulting pairs. Only the 26th pair is a correct match, I believe, although that's been scrambled even more and has become completely unrecognizable now. Can you figure what it used to be? The numbers might help you.

Here are the 25 shifted pairs:

{3,8} $\implies$ CHL DC - FT
{6,1} $\implies$ MLYB - GAXPCAS
{9,9} $\implies$ JAMJOYC - WUTHRINGHIGHT
{4,3} $\implies$ FODOR DOTOVK - UL
{9,2} $\implies$ JLG - CMPUHMT
{9,5} $\implies$ DLDFO - THCTCHRTHRY
{1,9} $\implies$ ????? - BINSNCUS
{1,11} $\implies$ MAMLVLL - TGTY-FOU
{9,11} $\implies$ GERGE ELT - MBY-DCK
{1,6} $\implies$ JONTN SWFT - MDDLEMRC
{4,1} $\implies$ MKWN - GULLVE'SVELS
{1,4} $\implies$ W - THDVNTUFHUKBYFNN
{4,5} $\implies$ BMSTK - LICINWNDLND
{14,17} $\implies$ MIGE E EVNTES -
{5,8} $\implies$ JRRLK - DQUX
{8,2} $\implies$ AYPW - RDFRIGS
{17,1} $\implies$ GBRLGRRQZ - DNTOTHSOFT
{3,7} $\implies$ P - ONUNDDYSOFSOITUD
{7,2} $\implies$ JEUSE - OKILLMOCKIGBIRD
{4,7} $\implies$ LOTOLSTOY - PRIDANDPRJUDIC
{5,3} $\implies$ THUCODOYL - KI
{1,9} $\implies$ M - THEHUFTHESEES
{13,14} $\implies$ ERNES HEMNGWY - LOL
{4,12} $\implies$ XRU - THOTH
{4,7} $\implies$ AYLLY - TTUKT

And the 26th is:
{10,N/A} $\implies$ TTKJTKZU - DFJ

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Continuing from @Roger's answer, which shows how to get meaning out of the groups of letters,

the numbers refer to letter positions in the author names.

The first numbers end up spelling the alphabet (3rd in Charles Dickens is A, 6th in Emily Bronte is B, ...)

The second numbers, still taken from the author, spell out
DECODEWITHMISSINGLASTNAME

The "missing last name" refers to the 7th entry, which is George Orwell; it was missing (or just question marks) in the original list.
Using a Vigenere cipher with ORWELL as the key, we can decode the 26th entry as:
FCOFIZLD - HBY
which can be filled in to give:
F SCOTT FITZGERALD - THE GREAT GATSBY

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  • $\begingroup$ Nice work!! +1 for you $\endgroup$ – n_plum Feb 27 '17 at 21:37
  • $\begingroup$ Well done! That's the right answer! $\endgroup$ – Levieux Feb 28 '17 at 9:00
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Partial answer:

The authors and their books are shifted one row apart.

Don't understand the significance of the numbers yet, but the authors and books I've managed to decipher so far:

{3,8} ⟹⟹ CHL DC - FT

CHarLes DiCkens - FrankensTein

{6,1} ⟹⟹ MLYB - GAXPCAS

eMiLY Bronte - GreAt eXPeCtAtionS (credit to @Deusovi)

{9,9} ⟹⟹ JAMJOYC - WUTHRINGHIGHT

JAMes JOYCe - WUTHeRING HeIGHTs

{4,3} ⟹⟹ FODOR DOTOVK - UL

FyODOR DOsToyeVsKy - ULysses

{9,2} ⟹⟹ JLG - CMPUHMT

J.d. saLinGer (credit to @n_palum) - CriMe and PUnisHMenT

{9,5} ⟹⟹ DLDFO - THCTCHRTHRY

DanieL DeFOe - THe CaTCHeR in THe RYe (credit to @n_palum)

{1,9} ⟹⟹ ????? - BINSNCUS

george orwell - roBINSoN CrUSoe

{1,11} ⟹⟹ MAMLVLL - TGTY-FOU

herMAn MeLViLLe - nineTeen eiGhTY-FOUr

{9,11} ⟹⟹ GERGE ELT - MBY-DCK

GEoRGE ELioT - MoBY-DiCK

{1,6} ⟹⟹ JONTN SWFT - MDDLEMRC

JOhNaThaN SWiFT - MiDDLEMaRCh

{4,1} ⟹⟹ MKWN - GULLVE'SVELS

MarK tWaiN - GULLiVEr'S traVELS

{1,4} ⟹⟹ W - THDVNTUFHUKBYFNN

leWis carroll - THe aDVeNTUres oF HUcKleBerrY FiNN

{4,5} ⟹⟹ BMSTK - LICINWNDLND

BraM SToKer (credit to @n_palum) - aLICe IN WoNDerLaND

{14,17} ⟹⟹ MIGE E EVNTES -

MIGuEl dE cErVaNTES - dracula (credit to @n_palum)

{5,8} ⟹⟹ JRRLK - DQUX

JRR toLKein - Don QUiXote

{8,2} ⟹⟹ AYPW - RDFRIGS

AnthonY PoWell (credit to @kayzeroshort) - the loRD oF the RInGS (credit to @Deusovi)

{17,1} ⟹⟹ GBRLGRRQZ - DNTOTHSOFT

GaBRieL GaRcia maRQueZ - a DaNce TO THE muSic OF Time (credit to @kayzeroshort)

{3,7} ⟹⟹ P - ONUNDDYSOFSOITUD

harPer lee - ONe hUNDred DaYS OF SOlITUDe

{7,2} ⟹⟹ JEUSE - OKILLMOCKIGBIRD

JanE aUStEn - tO KILL a MOCKInGBIRD

{4,7} ⟹⟹ LOTOLSTOY - PRIDANDPRJUDIC

LeO TOLSTOY - PRIDe AND PReJUDICe

{5,3} ⟹⟹ THUCODOYL - KI

arTHUr COnan DOYLe (credit to @F1Krazy) - anna KarenIna (credit to @F1Krazy)

{1,9} ⟹⟹ M - THEHUFTHESEES

vladiMir nabokov(?) - THE HoUnd oF THE baSkErvillES (credit to @F1Krazy)

{13,14} ⟹⟹ ERNES HEMNGWY - LOL

ERNESt HEMiNGWaY - LOLita(?)

{4,12} ⟹⟹ XRU - THOTH

aleXandRe dUmas (credit to @kayzeroshort) - THe Old man and THe sea

{4,7} ⟹⟹ AYLLY - TTUKT

mArY sheLLeY - The Three mUsKeTeers (credit to @kayzeroshort)

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    $\begingroup$ {6,1} is Great Expectations; {8,2} part 2 is The Lord Of The Rings. $\endgroup$ – Deusovi Feb 27 '17 at 17:50
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    $\begingroup$ {4,7} is m A r Y s h e L L e Y $\endgroup$ – Duncan Whyte Feb 27 '17 at 17:58
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    $\begingroup$ {5,3} is Arthur Conan Doyle - Anna Karenina (I think); {1,9} Pt.2 is The Hound of The Baskervilles $\endgroup$ – F1Krazy Feb 27 '17 at 17:58
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    $\begingroup$ 24th Author, 25th book = Alexandre Dumas,The Three Musketeers $\endgroup$ – kayzeroshort Feb 27 '17 at 19:39
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    $\begingroup$ I think someone wrote this as a comment and then deleted it, but the missing letters are any shared letters between the author and the book (not the author's true work, but the shifted one paired up with it.) $\endgroup$ – kayzeroshort Feb 27 '17 at 21:03

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