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.

July 30, 2017

July 30, 1955

Svezged, a major Hungarian city, has been destroyed more than once. Our interest now is that Svezged is the birthplace of Willy Pogany (August 24, 1882 to July 30, 1955), whose life was similarly dramatic. He was a successful illustrator, eventually migrating from London to the United States in 1914. His books, and set designs are discussed in detail here.

Among the books he illustrated is Alice In Wonderland.
Here is the page titled  "It's a Cheshire-Cat."

" 'How do you know I'm mad?' said Alice.
"' You must be,' said the Cat, `or you wouldn't have come here.' "


" 'All right,' said the Cat; and this time it vanished quite slowly, beginning with the end of the tail, and ending with the grin, which remained some time after the rest of it had gone."

All these are pictures from Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll, illustrated by Willy Pogany. New York: E.P. Dutton and Co., 1929.

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