Puss in Books
By Catherine Britton
(Mark Batty Publisher, Paperback, 9781935613510, 122pp.)
Publication Date: May 2012
Other Editions of This Title: Paperback
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From as far back as ancient Egypt, cats have been the subject of illustrations in artwork and books. Notoriously finicky, wonderfully independent, and fabulously fun, cats serve us as companions, muses, and foils. The best evidence of these myriad roles filled by cats can be found in books.
From the Cheshire Cat to Krazy Kat, Puss in Books tracks the inclusion of fine felines in literature from medieval times through the twentieth century. Culling examples from the extensive British Library archives, the book brims with colorful examples of cats, whether they are used as ornaments in the margins of the seventh century's Lindisfarne Gospels, or act as the protagonists of stories and poems like in T.S. Eliot's Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats (illustrated by Edward Gorey) and The Cat in the Hat.
Catherine Britton is an editor for the British Library.