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 12, 2013

August 12, 1774

Robert Southey (August 12, 1774 to March 21,  1843) was poet laureate of England from 1813 to 1843. This financially comfortable position was not always typical of the poet's life. Although born to middle class affluence, his personal generosity (he took under his roof the family Coleridge abandoned) and commitment to the writer's life, meant that he must write a lot to support his family. And he did that: biographies (Joan of Arc, and John Wesley, among others, were subjects) and histories in addition to essays and poetry. 

Though his political sympathies shifted, Southey's compassion for other people was always a cardinal feature. His English Eclogues contain several portraits of elderly poor women living a marginal existence in the English countryside. It is not surprising that such a heart loved cats, and once said,  a “kitten is in the animal world what the rosebud is in the garden.” 

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