Caturday felids: writers and their cats

June 23, 2012 • 5:06 am

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:

20 thoughts on “Caturday felids: writers and their cats

  1. Jack Kerouac
    Sartre
    Cortazar
    Fitzgerald
    Cocteau
    Blair
    Matthiessen
    Plimpton
    Williams
    Oates
    Hemingway
    Twain

    1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

    1. 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?

    1. 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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