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: