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Edward Lear and the Pussycat
Edward Lear and the Pussycat

Edward Lear and the Pussycat

The Adventures of Famous Writers and their Pets

PETS

240 Pages, 5 x 7.75

Formats: Cloth

Cloth, $16.95 (US $16.95) (CA $22.95)

Publication Date: March 2020

ISBN 9780712352444

Rights: US & CA

British Library Publishing (Mar 2020)

Not Yet Published. Estimated release date: March 2020
 

Overview

The stories of the pets kept and loved by famous authors

Behind every great writer there is a beloved pet, providing inspiration in life and in death, and companionship in what is often a lonely working existence. They also offer practical services, such as personal protection, although they may sometimes eat first drafts, or bite visitors. This book salutes all of the cats and dogs, ravens and budgerigars, monkeys and guinea pigs, wombats, turtles, and two laughing jackasses, who enriched the lives of their masters and mistresses, sat on their keyboards, slept in their beds, and occasionally provided the creative spark for their stories and poems. Gathered here are the tales of Beatrix Potter's rabbit, Benjamin Bouncer; Lord Byron's bear; the six cats of T S Eliot; Camus' cat, Cigarette; Arthur C Clarke's dog, Sputnik; and George Orwell s goat, Muriel. Enid Blyton's fox terrier, Bobs, "wrote" her columns in Teacher's World magazine, while John Steinbeck's poodle accompanied him on his 1960 US road trip, their exploits published as Travels with Charley. Agatha Christie dedicated her 1937 novel Dumb Witness to her favorite dog, Peter—the ultimate tribute.

Author Biography

Alex Johnson is a professional blogger and journalist, part of the Independent's online team since 2007. Alex runs Shedworking and is the author of Shedworking: The Alternative Workplace Revolution, Bookshelf, Improbable Libraries, A Book of Book Lists, and Shelf Life.