Sunday, September 16, 2012

Cats as muses

Buzzfeed's excellent roundup of writers and their feline companions included Jean Cocteau, whose medallion for his "Friends of the Cat" society appears at left. Colette and Hemingway are famed for their devotion to cats, but Buzzfeed dug up photos of scores of other authors who found living with these sleek and cuddly creatures essential to their well-being (some, like Colette and Doris Lessing, even wrote about them—beautifully). For books etc. celebrating Felis catus, click here!
Cocteau with a Siamese, if you please
Edward Gorey and his brood, basking in sybaritic luxury
Patricia Highsmith, a very dark and misanthropic person who cherished her kitties
Colette with two cuties
Anybody have cats with literary names? I know of a dapper Tom called Mr. Darcy. 
Lagniappe: Here are several pages from Pomegranate’s new edition of Edward Gorey's The Just Dessert and The Deadly Blotter, two tales that use all the letters of the alphabet in order to begin each word.

9 comments:

  1. Felicitous Gorey has idyllic job!

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  2. I'm still reading the Buzzfeed post. Hemingway was always good with the clean, sharp stab, and he wounded me dearly with his line, "but he purred and seemed sure that I would fix it." Not yet recovered from that.

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    1. Cats purr out of pleasure or pain--rather like humans moaning.
      So Willie was in a lot of pain, and his owner's shot a coup de grace.

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    2. I wonder if the same inexorable logic was working on that July night in --was it 1961?--when Hemingway decided on a permanent cure for his incurable illness.

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  3. In the Harry Potter series, the cat belonging to the caretaker is actually named after Mrs. Norris from Jane Austen's Mansfield Park. The feline Mrs. Norris actually shares many character traits with the human, who is one of the most infamous busybodies in all of literature. Sort of a little "literary nod" from J.K. Rowling. Not sure if it means she loves cats or hates them.

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    1. That is such a fun fact! I love Harry Potter and Jane Austin!

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    1. They are-- read "Homer;s Odyssey". sold by Daedalus. What that blind cat can do is truly amazing. You might even think cats deserve having staff after you read what Homer can do.

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  5. One would think someone like George Plimpton could come up with a better name than "Puss".

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