21 Books About Cats

“A cat is more intelligent than people believe,” Mark Twain wrote, “and can be taught any crime.”


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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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About Lauren Oster

Lauren Oster

LAUREN OSTER is a freelance writer and editor. Her second-grade teacher let her sneak out of class to read old mysteries in the library. She now lives on New York City’s Lower East Side with her husband, two cats, and a fog machine. Her work has been published by Redbook, McSweeney’s, National Geographic, HGTV, and others; she tweets about culture, smuggling fireworks, and plastic animals at @lmo_nyc.

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