Writers and Their Cats by Alison Nastasi | WaterstonesEnglish author Angela Carter, known for her dark feminist stories, always told people that she wrote her first novel when she was only six years old. After winning the Somerset Maugham Award in for her novel Several Perceptions , Carter used the proceeds to travel to Japan following her estrangement from Paul. During her two-year hiatus in Tokyo, she owned a tricolored black, white, and orange cat to stave off loneliness. At one point in her life, Carter also owned birds named Adelaide and Chubbeleigh. She allowed them to fly freely around her sitting room while cats Cocker and Ponce watched longingly from the garden of her London home.
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They love cats. Writers and cats go together like salt and pepper, and here are 16 of our favorite pairs. Ernest Hemingway Collection. John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, Boston. If you're feeling bad, you just look at the cats, you'll feel better, because they know that everything is, just as it is.
The feline mystique has captivated people for centuries. After publishing my first book Artists and Their Cats in , I wanted to continue exploring the link between creativity and cats. Being an artist and writer, myself, I knew researching the history of writers and their feline companions was an essential piece of the puzzle. The entries in Writers and Their Cats offers insight into each author's unique personality, habits, and quirks. Like artists, writers seem drawn to cats as pets based on a mutual respect and an inherent understanding of their complexities, independent nature, and ambiguous allure. It's a creative dream team.