While there’s no official explanation as to why writers appreciate felines—and why felines appreciate writers, and their books, and their laptops—theories abound. “Authors like cats because they are such quiet, loveable, wise creatures, and cats like authors for the same reasons,” Robertson Davies wrote. Cats are also excellent excuses to procrastinate: who can be expected to ignore the attentions of a diminutive familiar, even for art’s sake? In the centuries since Christopher Smart’s “Cat Jeoffry” strutted into the 18th-century poet’s “Jubilate Agno,” cats have found their way into literary endeavors of all kinds. Read on to meet our favorite (literary) feline characters.
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