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 21, 2016

December 21, 1964

Carl Van Vechten (June 17, 1880 to December 21, 1964) did not just design and implement Gertrude Stein's literary stardom, he did not just document the Harlem renaissance, he was not just a pioneer for gay rights. He was not merely a novelist of note, and a photographer of genius. Carl Van Vechten wrote about cat lovers. Tiger in the House (1920) may be the first book about, not cats, but ailurophiles.

His bookplate captures his enthusiasms, but not the fact he helped create the 20th century.

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