The Book, Cat, & Cat Book Lovers Almanac

of historical trivia regarding books, cats, and other animals. Actually this blog has evolved so that it is described better as a blog about cats in history and culture. And we take as a theme the advice of Aldous Huxley: If you want to be a writer, get some cats. Don't forget to see the archived articles linked at the bottom of the page.

August 30, 2009

Aug. 30, 1901

John Gunther's phenomenal success as a writer reflects the thirst of Americans for knowledge about other countries after World War II. Inside Europe Today (1962)for instance relates a story Krushchev told about cats in his boyhood. When a cat was found in the pigeons' loft, the cat was grabbed by the tail and banged against the wall. I don't doubt this was the only way poor people could protect their birds. Gunther was born on August 30, 1901.

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