Thursday, December 11, 2014

Cat Thursday: Authors and Cats - Christmas edition (38)

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The second Cat Thursday of each month is Authors and Cats Thursday. Each time I will feature an author and their cat(s).

In honor of Christmas and one of my favorite authors, who is also the author of one of my most favorite books, A Christmas Carol, I give you Charles Dickens. Dickens was a known cat lover. Sadly, I could not find an image of him actually with a cat, but here is something about his love for cats and a lovely quote attributed to him. 

After Charles Dickens’ cat, Bob, died in 1862, he felt compelled to have a memento made of his late pet’s paw. He had Bob’s paw stuffed and attached to a letter opener, upon which, he had inscribed, “C.D. In Memory of Bob 1862.” 

But Bob was just one of Dickens’ many cats. According to Dickens' daughter Mary, the author developed a fondness for a deaf kitten, who was then nicknamed “the master’s cat” because he came to love following the author around. Dickens would let the cat sit with him as he wrote and spent the last 10 years of his life in his company. (Source)

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  1. Interesting info, but the stuffed paw thing...I don't know that kind of creeped me out too.

  2. Oh my goodness, loving the Charles Dickens' cat.

  3. It's a touching story, thanks for telling us about it :)

  4. Does anyone know if Alice Sebold is writing anything new? I've read all of her books and she is one of my favorite contemporary authors! Please, any info would help, thanks!

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