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 9, 2009
Aug 9, 1922
Philip Larkin, the British writer, was offered the Poet Laureateship of England and declined it. Considered one of the century's leading writers before his death in 1985, he is perhaps deservedly eclipsed today. Larkin, born on August 9, 1922, never had a cat for a pet in his adult life, but he was quite fond of animals, and in his will, he left a sizeable amount of his estate to SPCA.