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.

December 10, 2016

December 10, 1830

Emily Dickinson (December 10, 1830 to May 15, 1886), one of the most original poets in the canon, was yet chronologically parallel with another English writer whose fresh writings and form also seem inexplicable: Gerard Manley Hopkins (1844 to 1889). And both were calm about cats. We do have a joke about Dickinson though:

This humor is glossed by the artist:

This comic is factual, but it requires a couple clarifications: Wallace Stevens was an executive at an insurance company, not your average insurance salesman. And there's no evidence that Emily Dickinson liked cats, but her sister Lavinia was cat-obsessed. So Emily must have been forced to cat-sit occasionally.

Skimpy hit but it'll do.

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