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.

January 28, 2014

January 28, 1873

Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette (January 28, 1873 to August 3, 1954), the author of books like Gigi (1944) is also famous for her love of cats. We have an early picture of Colette below. Here is the context.

After divorcing her husband, a cruel and dissolute man, in 1906, Colette, already a published author, turned to the stage as a steady means of income. She "began dancing and singing in Parisian music halls, from La Chatte Amoureuse toL'Oiseau de Nuit."

solitude and]... freedom, of  my pleasant and painful work as mime and dancer,” Colette wrote years later, "[was] by way of a change from.... the new anxiety about earning my meals, my clothes, and my rent -- [as] such, all of a sudden, was my lot. But with it too went a savage defiance, a disgust for the milieu where I had lived and suffered, a stupid fear of man, of men, and of women too.”

We got this picture from Flavorwire. It is from her "nightclub mime show in which she portrayed her favorite animal."

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