Do you write with a cat lounging near your keyboard or on your lap? Many writers, myself included, co-write with a cat or two, and sometimes more. We aren’t alone. Some of the world’s most famous writers are, or were, cat people.
Take Stephen King, for example. He’s a cat person. He wrote about cats. Remember Winston Churchill, “Church,” the zombie cat in King’s book Pet Semetery? Could it be that Church has been resurrected as King’s beloved cat, Clovis?
Then, there’s the somewhat eccentric and reclusive writer and illustrator, Edward Gorey. He wrote about cats and drew them. His cousin is quoted saying, “[Edward] said a few times that he liked cats more than people. He considered them his family.” And what did Gorey have to say on the subject? “Books. Cats. Life is good.”
Ernest Hemingway was a cat fanatic, too. This burley, heavy drinking author referred to his cats as “love sponges.” He once owned 23 at one time. His first cat, Snowball, had six toes, as did many of Snowball’s descendants. Hemingway’s cats became somewhat famous for their six-toed paws. Today, six-toed cats are often called “Hemingway Cats.”
“One cat just leads to another.” —Ernest Hemingway
The poet T.S. Eliot, who wrote with his cat, George Pushdragon, said, “When a cat adopts you there is nothing to be done about it except to put up with it and wait until the wind changes.”
Here, in Eliot’s own voice, is his poem, “The Naming of Cats.”
Are you curious about other famous people and what they named their cats? Then check out this web site, Citizen Lunchbox, for an A-to-Z index.
Until next time . . .
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