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That is authors who write about cats and authors who live with cats or in most cases authors who write about and live with cats!

Writer in the making

Just thought this might be a writer in the making!

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Shaun Bythwell's Bookstore Cat - Captain

Bookshop Cat

Fabulous feline 'Captain' keeps an eye on the going on in Shaun Bythell's second-hand bookshop - image courtesy & © Shaun Bythell via the Daily Mail

Diary of a Bookseller

Taking on the big guys like Amazon who just happen to be selling his book!

Captain in repose

Captain in all his feline glory!

Thanks to the Daily Mail for running this entertaining story about (my former dream) of owning a Shakespeare & Co - style second hand bookshop with at least one cat if not more having a free run of the place as well as being a companion - and then writing and publishing the hard facts of it all! Sounds like a fun adventure! For the full story visit here

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COLETTE (Sidonie Gabrielle)

Author Collette with catCollette book cover from 1950

Collette always pictured with a beloved cat left (image unsourced) right image - 'Chats de Collette' image sourced from quixotando from via Pinterest

Getty image of Collette and her cats circa 1937

"French writer 'Colette' (Sidonie Gabrielle Claudine Goudeket, 1873 - 1954) with her cats. They are Chartreux, a breed with a thick 'blue' coat circa 1937 (?)" - image courtesy & © of Getty

The Indulgent Husband by ColletteThe Cat New York, Farrar and Strauss 1936

l to r - Colette, "The Indulgent Husband," New York, Farrar & Winehart, 1935. First American English-language edition of "Claudine en ménage," translated by Frederick A. Blossom. - image courtesy of Abe Books via Pinterest | Colette, "The Cat," New York, Farrar and Strauss, 1936. Cover illustration by Suba. - image courtesy of Pinterest (originating link - book-aesthete.tumblr.com - no longer available)

Illustrated La Chatte by Collette

Colette, "La Chatte," P. Arthème Fayard, 1945. Illustrations by Jean A. Mercier. - image sourced from in-quarto-marseilles via Pinterest - I just happened to like this one the most from all the variations that can be sourced on the internet!

Collette

An intriguing pose (apparently) of the author - but oh so fabulous!

 

La Chatte amoureuse (1912)

Pantomime humoristique, musique de Roger Guttinguer, dans la revue Ça grise. Argument : Le sculpteur Pygmalion tombe amoureux de sa statue, Galatée. Par un concours de circonstance des plus extraordinaire une chatte se trouve près de la statue quand un magicien lui donne vie ; la chatte prend taille humaine, tout en restant chatte, et tombe amoureuse, comme Galatée, non pas de Pygmalion, mais de son bel esclave, Ganymède. La chatte est jalouse quand elle est amoureuse ; elle tente par tous les moyens de déranger les amants et quand ses efforts se révèlent vains, elle les fait surprendre par Pygamalion. Les dieux viennent au secours de l’amoureux bafoué et envoient la foudre qui remet bon ordre : la statue redevient statue et la chatte retrouve sa taille d’animal…

Collette acting in La Chatte Amoureuse in 1912

Source and narrative courtesy of amisdecolette

The Loving Cat

A humorous pantomime with music by Roger Guttinger from the 'It's Grey' revue. Synopsis - The sculptor Pygmalion falls in love with his statue, Galatea. By an extraordinary circumstance, a cat is near the statue when a magician brings it to life; the cat takes on human proportions, and falls in love, like Galatea, not with Pygmalion, but with his beautiful slave, Ganymède. The cat is jealous of Ganymède's love and tries to come between the lovers. When her efforts prove in vain, she causes them to be discovered by Pygamalion. The gods come to the rescue of the scorned lover and send lightning bolts to restore good order: the statue becomes a statue and the cat finds itself returned to normal size ...

Colette and a Cat

A review by Margaret Wallace - August 9, 1936, New York Times

"The title of this fragile little novel was well chosen. There are actually only three characters in the story. And of the three, Saha, the dainty little Chartreuse cat with her lady-like ruff and her golden eyes, is by far the most real. Even that half of the reading public which prefers Scotties will find it difficult to resist the aloof charm of this little animal upon whom Colette has expended some of her most subtle literary gifts. Alain had bought her when she was a little five months old kitten at a cat show, because of "her perfectly formed face, her precocious self-possession, her hopeless timidity behind the bars of a cage." "But why didn't you buy an Angora?" Camille asked. "It wasn't just a little cat I was carrying at that moment," Alain mused. "It was the incarnate nobility of the whole cat race, her limitless indifference, her tact, her bond of union with the human aristocrat." Camille was Alain's fiancée, a very handsome and rather expensive young woman of 19. The marriage pleased everyone, save for some possible mental reservations on the part of Alain himself. He had known Camille for several years and rated her at her own valuation as a modern girl. He admired her beauty and her grooming. He knew that she drove a car a little too fast and a little too well. He realized that she lied unblushingly, as do children and very young people. But he found in her, on the whole, a beauty less satisfying and a tact less perfect than Saha displayed to him daily.

The course of this engagement and the honeymoon which follows is the novel's whole theme. Perhaps it would be too much to say that Saha is responsible for the discords which threaten to dissolve this very modern young marriage. Colette manages to imply to us, nevertheless, that this is the case. Alain, a slightly neurotic only child, handicapped by the psychological effects of a prolonged illness in his youth, pampered by his mother, accustomed to a dreamy solitude and the society of his cat, is peculiarly ill-fitted to undertake the responsibilities and adjustments of marriage. Nor is the brittle and empty-headed little Camille apt to prove of much help to him. What gives the novel its air of slightness is the fact that it does not seem to matter very much. The marriage, such as it is, does not seem particularly important or worthy of preservation. There is some writing in this novel which would be hard to match for delicacy and exactness, and there are dozens of delightful pictures of Saha. No one who is fond of cats can afford to miss the acquaintance of this one. Equally, no one who is fond of Colette will want to miss it. But it must be admitted that "The Cat" does not provide the most desirable introduction to Colette's more complex and substantial work. It is definitely one of her minor masterpieces- not only because of its brevity, but because its very substance slips through one's fingers like fine dry sand. She has woven for us a spell out of nothing, and little will remain after the book has been laid aside but some pictures of Saha in an assortment of engaging moods and postures."

There are no ordinary cats - Collette

"Il n'y a pas de chats ordinaires" - Colette

Read more tributes to this author : The Great Cat | Beauty is a Sleeping Cat | The original Cat Woman

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Douglas d'Enno's cat - Misti

Misti is a literary cat with her own author!

Misti goes ski-ing

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Anne Golon's Cat - Boopy

Anne Golon's Cat Boopy Boopy the Reveiwer

l to r Boopy in cat pose and then inspecting the workload

Another lucky cat to have an author to look after him! And such an author, the creator (creatrix?) of the world-famous Angélique series which has its own section on this web-site. Boopy is not only very handsome but smart as well - he reviews the books he allows Anne to dedicate and makes sure her spectacles and writing implements are to hand (you can just see them by his front right paw).

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Ernest Hemingway's Cats

Ernest Hemingway and cat

Hemingway cuddling one of this beloved cats

An enormous fan of cats Hemingways 'cat-proof' gate is currently on offer for sale on ebay but his memory lives on in the Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum complete with a whole section dedicated to cats!

Hemingway with cat and bottle

Have they had a disagreement about who should have the wine? Hemingway gazes at a very handsome cat keeping him company on the dining table

Shirley Hughes

Telegraph Magazine article Judith Kerr

Shirley Hughes and family cat

Shirley with her eldest sister Brenda during WW2 Image - Courtesy & © of Shirley Hughes via The Telegraph

Shirley tells us this about the image above - "During the Second World War, I was living at home in West Kirby, Liverpool, with my mum and two sisters. My middle sister went off to serve in the Wrens in Portsmouth and my  eldest sister, Brenda, who’s in the picture, stayed at home as a VAD [Voluntary Aid Detachment] nurse. I was too young to serve but, aged 14, joined the Women’s Junior Air Corps, which is why I’m wearing that uniform." The original caption in the magazine mentioned the family cat.

Her adult profession as writer and illustrator tends to concentrate more on a little boy called Alfie and a toy dog "My favourite character that I’ve drawn is Dogger, the toy dog, but Alfie is my main character: he’s a four-year-old up against all the complexities of his life, like trying to get his shoes on the right feet and going to a party without his security blanket – it’s very serious to him."

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Judith Kerr's life long love of Cats

In 1933 Judith Kerr escaped from Nazi Germany following the persecution of and death threats made to her father Alfred Kerr, who was a towering figure. Famous throughout Germany for his theatre and travel writing – and for witty verse, some of it mocking and reviling Hitler and the rising Nazi Party, Naturally, he became a marked man. After a tip-off from a policeman that the family’s passports were about to be seized, the 65-year-old author disappeared overnight with instructions to his young wife, Julia, and their two children, Michael, 12, and Judith, nine, to follow him clandestinely to Zurich by milk train. From there, they moved to Paris and, eventually, with the help of the film-maker Alexander Korda, to London in March 1936. Source : Daily Telegraph

 

Judith Kerr in her Studio with Katinka

Judith Kerr and Katchinka

'The Mog' author Judith Kerr, with her current cat Katinka, in her studio in south west London. 'All my cats have been mad in different ways' - image courtesy & © of Mike Lawn and The Daily Mail

Judith Kerr and family prior to fleeing Germany

Judith Kerr and family article

And before the cats - there was the tricycle! "Rows of inks and crayons are neatly arrayed on her desk; on the mantelpiece stands a birthday card sent by her best childhood friend in the 1930s. But the eye is drawn to a photograph from still further back that shows Kerr, with her brother, as a tiny child on her tricycle. She has a serious expression on her face. 'The trike was very heavy and I had just learnt to turn corners. I wanted to look like someone who could turn corners.' " - Source : The Daily Telegraph

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Sir Patrick Moore's Cats

Ptolemy and typewriter

'Ptolemy things he can type.'

Sir Patrick Moore has written a book about his cats and as he is donating the profits and his goodwill to Cats Protection - the full story can be read here. An interesting feature is that any black cat that has shared his life has always been called 'Ptolemy' (presumably gender does not come into it!) and one, in particular has the makings of a literary genius - I am happy to share this 'Ptolemy' preparing to type - just the one cat and a typewriter? Puts all those monkeys and Shakespeare to shame doesn't it?

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Sir Terry Pratchett (Obituary)

As we bid farewell to yet another literary giant and cat lover, let us not forget that the late great Sir Terry (who died in his sleep with his faithful moggy by his side) treated cats with respect, humour and dignity.

Cat Word Art by Terry Pratchett

"In Ancient Times Cats were worshipped as Gods and they have not forgotten this!"

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Ronald Searle's Cats (Obituary)

Ronald Searle - beloved for his charismatic and quirky illustrations of cats and the never to be forgotten St. Trinians girls!

Ronald Searle - Big Fat Cat Book

Ronald Searle - Cat of a Thousand Disguises

"Cat of a Thousand Disguises concealing itself as a rug" Lithograph, 1967, a unique proof, with extensive hand colouring, signed, extensively annotated, dated in pencil.

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Simon Tofeild

Simon Tofeild on Scribble Day

Simon on 'Doodle Day' - not easy to get a picture of him with his own cats who are shown below - all images and comments sourced from and linked to the 'Simon's Cat' website

Simon Tofeilds 4 cats

Hugh was the main inspiration behind the first Simon’s Cat film – Cat Man Do. And Teddy was the inspiration for the Kitten character. Unfortunately Hugh passed away in 2015. You can read Simon’s tribute to Hugh here.
Simon says : "It can be hard to imagine your cats as great writing companions when they’re inevitably chewing the the end of your pen or pencil – whilst you’re trying to write! However, many authors and famous writers throughout history have paid homage to their cats and openly declared their love for their pet."

The creator of 'Simon's Cat' also blogs about :

Nine famous writers who were inspired by their pet cats

Edgar Allan Poe, Judy Blume, Ernest Hemingway (covered on this page), Mark Twain, T S Eliot, Edward Lear, Alexandre Dumas, Caroline Paul and Samuel Johnson read more here

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Louis Wains Cats

Louis Wain_Flower Cat

So pretty!

The man who started it all - I found this lovely cat with flowers for her eyes whilst looking for a suitable picture to showcase Louis Wain's immeasurable talent.

Louis Wain taking time to stroke one of his cats Louis Wain petting his cat

Wonderful picture of Louis Wain with one of his many beloved cats, who to my mind, resembles our own Nephyr

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