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 11, 2012

October 11, 1885

François Mauriac (October 11, 1885 to September 1, 1970) was a French novelist. In his time he was quite famous: on  June 1, 1933 he was elected a member of the Académie française, and in 1952, he was awarded a Nobel Prize for literature. He might be more famous now but for the fact he was factious-- crossing swords with many of the literary avante garde. No one can argue he was not a cat lover though. Here are some warm words from his memoirs--Meḿoires inteŕieurs (1960):

One can enjoy stroking a cat all day long. At any age one may like the warm presence of an animal against one's chest or on one's knees ..... Animals do not know that we are old and have grown ugly...

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