Caturday felids: writers and their cats

OMG, there’s a treasure trove of photos of writers (or other literary figures) and their cats at the “Writers and Kitties: Archive” tumblr site. Two of my favorite subjects!

I’ll post ten pictures here, but you’ll find elebenty gazillion others at the site.  The first person to guess all ten writers gets my warm congratulations and a notice on this post.  If you know your onions, you’ll be able to get at least eight of the ten. (UPDATE: that didn’t take long: reader “bonetired” guessed all ten in comment #2. But try to guess for yourself.)

I posted this one a while back:

A photobomb kitteh:

BONUSES:  You should be able to get the next two easily.  The first author once said, in a moment of depression, “The only thing that reconciles me to life now is my kitty.”

A famous cat-loving atheist; here are two things he wrote about felids:

Of all God’s creatures there is only one that cannot be made the slave of the lash. That one is the cat. If man could be crossed with the cat it would improve man, but it would deteriorate the cat.

By what right has the dog come to be regarded as a “noble” animal? The more brutal and cruel and unjust you are to him the more your fawning and adoring slave he becomes; whereas, if you shamefully misuse a cat once she will always maintain a dignified reserve toward you afterward–you will never get her full confidence again.

And to make it a baker’s dozen, here’s a photo reader “Miss May” sent me from Facebook. There’s no writer here, but it’s amusing:


  1. Posted June 23, 2012 at 5:29 am | Permalink

    Love the Orwell photo.

  2. bonetired
    Posted June 23, 2012 at 5:43 am | Permalink

    Jack Kerouac

    • whyevolutionistrue
      Posted June 23, 2012 at 5:55 am | Permalink

      Well, that didn’t take long. Congrats! I figured that people would miss Cortazar, at least, and perhaps not many people would recognize Zelda Fitzgerland these days (she did write a book, Save me the Waltz, which isn’t very good, but she certainly qualifies as a literary figure, and is the model for Nicole Diver in Tender is the Night.

  3. JonLynnHarvey
    Posted June 23, 2012 at 5:44 am | Permalink

    The two obvious are indeed obvious, Hemingway and Twain.

    I can see Sartre, Jean Cocteau, George Orwell, and Joyce Carol Oates. I have no idea who any of the others are.

  4. BilBy
    Posted June 23, 2012 at 6:11 am | Permalink

    Are you SURE that photobomb kitty IS a kitty behind Orwell? Not another dog?

  5. Posted June 23, 2012 at 6:20 am | Permalink

    I recognized only Hemingway and Twain, but here is a t-shirt for all cat lovers:

  6. ManOutOfTime
    Posted June 23, 2012 at 7:10 am | Permalink

    My cats have never figured out how to pass through the Meow Mix portal, though Ceiling Cat knows they’ve tried. Still, I am confident they will be unimpressed as nothing impresses them.

  7. Rob
    Posted June 23, 2012 at 7:29 am | Permalink

    Here’s one I’m surprised I didn’t see in the list Dr. Coyne:

    • whyevolutionistrue
      Posted June 23, 2012 at 7:35 am | Permalink

      I’m not a fan of sci fi (or whatever it’s called these days)!

      • Posted June 23, 2012 at 11:21 am | Permalink

        If that’s H.P. Lovecraft, I guess the genre is “Weird Fiction,” after the magazine that published much of his work.

  8. Posted June 23, 2012 at 11:22 am | Permalink

    I’ve seen this thing before. There are also photos of Neil Gaiman and Grant Morrison, unusually shown with a head of hair. …Don’t know if Alan Moore is a cat person.

  9. the Siliconopolitan
    Posted June 23, 2012 at 12:18 pm | Permalink

    I don’t even recognise most of the names …

    Pity about the lack of Knorozov, but I guess he doesn’t count as a writer.

  10. MadScientist
    Posted June 23, 2012 at 2:06 pm | Permalink

    I recognize E. Blair, E. Hemmingway, and S.L. Clemens – 2 or 3 others look familiar but I’m not sure if I’ve got their names right.

  11. Harbo
    Posted June 23, 2012 at 6:26 pm | Permalink

    Considering the date, its a pity we couldn’t find a “Turing with cat” .

  12. Posted June 23, 2012 at 7:18 pm | Permalink

    Here’s one more: Jorge Luis Borges and his cat Beppo (he dedicated a poem to it).

    • rmw
      Posted June 23, 2012 at 8:45 pm | Permalink

      Love that photo. “Rub my tummy, dammit!”

  13. Old Rasputin
    Posted June 24, 2012 at 11:23 am | Permalink

    This is merely a test comment. Do not be alarmed.

    • Old Rasputin
      Posted June 24, 2012 at 11:28 am | Permalink

      Strange, but when I include links in my comment, it doesn’t go through. I’m not a frequent commenter, and have never tried one with html before. Is there some sort of procedure here that I’m not familiar with?

  14. IW
    Posted June 25, 2012 at 3:30 am | Permalink

    I find it fascinating how “writers” are all white and almost exclusively male….

    • John Scanlon, FCD
      Posted June 26, 2012 at 6:55 am | Permalink

      Yes, it certainly is fascinating, and it has been remarked on previously.

      But what are you gonna do? Write a book about it?

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