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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.

December 6, 2011

December 6, 1893

Sylvia Townsend Warner (December 6 1893 to May 1, 1978) was an English writer with a unique thematic perspective. A vein of matter of fact fantasy runs through her writing. Lolly Willowes, (1926) her first novel, which made her name, has as a major character a figure of a warlock who presents a refreshing and original outlook on human society. Not much overt fantasy in the poem we excerpt however, from the Collected Poems (1982):


Quadruped on a bough,
Cat absolute,
Cat behind
All cat-shows of your kind,
I see and salute you now:
Massive, tenacious, bland,

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