T.S. Eliot wasn’t the only one to write about cats. Here are a few cat-themed essays and books that you might not have come across in your daily prowling…
The Life and Opinions of the Tomcat Murr, E.T.A. Hoffman (1818)
Hoffman’s brilliant, bizarre, post-modern cat’s cradle of a book sees the Tomcat Murr, an educated feline, write his own biography.
The Cat Inside, William Burroughs (1986)
Some people say that Burroughs loved three things: guns, drugs and cats. The Cat Inside is his utterly unique musing on the cats he has known, as well as his transformation from cat-ambivalence to cat worship.
Le Chat, Emily Brontë (1842)
An essay, written in French while Bronte was studying in Belgium. In it, Bronte defends the cat, stating that their self-reliance is far better than the hypocrisy of humans. Quite.
The Master and Margarita, Mikhail Bulgakov (1967)
Not entirely about cats, but who can forget Behemoth, the enormous, fast-talking rogue of a black cat in Bulgahov’s hallucinogenic Russian satire?
Frida, The Perfect Familiar, Alice Walker (1997)
Another essay! A lovely, honest one in Alice’s Walker’s non-fiction collection, about how, and when, even an independent cat can become the perfect companion to us, and we to them.
Gobbolino, the Witch’s Cat, Ursula Moray Williams (1942)
I loved this unusual story as a child, about a black kitten with one white paw (from being bathed in moonlight). Gobbolino is born to be a witch’s familiar but longs for nothing more than to be a humble kitchen cat.
About the author:
Lili Hayward is a writer from the south west of England with a love for all things hidden, lost and historical. She lives with her partner in the Westcountry and keeps the company of two beautiful and opinionated ex-stray cats. You can find her on twitter @lilihayward.
She is the author of The Cat of Yule Cottage: a magical tale of land, love, friendship, the Yuletide… and one remarkable cat.
The Cat of Yule Cottage is published by Hodder. The paperback is available in bookshops for £7.99 and the ebook is currently on sale for only £0.99p!