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Literary Cats

A light-hearted journey through the history of literary cats.
 
From Puss in Boots to T. S. Eliot’s Jellicles, cats have long inspired an incredible range of fiction, memoir, and poetry. This book celebrates the connections between our favorite feline friends and the literary imagination, diving into ancient myths and fables, much-loved children’s books, classic literature, and contemporary novels.

Featuring famous fictional characters such as Lewis Carroll’s Cheshire Cat, Beatrice Potter’s Tom Kitten, and Edgar Allan Poe’s Pluto, Literary Cats explores the role of felines across literary genres. This light-hearted history also uncovers their domestication, early cultural beginnings, and religious associations. The collection also reveals the history of several real-life cats such as Bob, the famous London street cat, as well as cats belonging to authors Ernest Hemingway, Patricia Highsmith, Muriel Spark, and more. A section on cats in world literature introduces narrator cats and cat companions from Japan, Eastern Europe, France, Greece, Germany, and Finland, demonstrating their enduring worldwide appeal.

208 pages | 15 halftones | 5 x 7 3/4

Literature and Literary Criticism: General Criticism and Critical Theory


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Reviews

"Everything you ever wanted to know about cats in books. A wonderful idea, beautifully executed."

Viv Groskop

Table of Contents

Contents

Introduction
Felines of Note
Classic Cats
Poetical Cats
Books for Kittens
Talking Cats
Authors and their Cats
Astrocats
Cats in Fact
Cats in Translation
Notes
Further Reading
Index

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