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.

October 17, 2009

Oct. 17, 1864

October 17, 1864 is the birth date for Elinor Glyn, whose use of "It" for sex appeal was a part of popular culture in the early 20th century. Clara Bow became the "It" girl, for instance. Elinor was British and though well-bred, she had no money, and wrote novels to maintain her lifestyle. These were successful and considered racy at the time. Cats, said Elinor, have "It."

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