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 10, 2013

August 10, 1936

Stephen Joyce burned his aunt's letters. The manager of brand James Joyce is said to have expected "extortionate" prices for others to quote from his grandfather's masterpieces. A start of  a narrative of Stephen's life,  though, twinkles with the gifts of a literary genius. One of these has recently been published as a children's book. A letter from James Joyce to his grandson, dated August 10, 1936, describes that letter itself as being “a little cat filled with sweets.” “Alas! I cannot send you a Copenhagen cat because there are no cats in Copenhagen,” And a story begins. Here is the cover of the newly published book.

The pictures are new. The words are those of James Joyce. I am indebted for this information, and other things, to Maria Popova, and her website.

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