Great Cats and their Human Pets


“A cat has absolute emotional honesty: human beings, for one reason or another, may hide their feelings, but a cat does not.” –Hemingway on cats


Ernest Hemingway, along with TS Eliot, Edward Gorey, Mark Twain, Michel de Montaigne, Allan Ginsberg, Jorge Luis Borges, Francoise Sagan, Albert Camus, Paul Bowles, Raymond Chandler, Vivien Leigh, Margaret Atwood and Colette – all these great writers had something, other than a love of literature, in common.

What was it?

… Well, an abiding love of cats.

This section celebrates The Literary Cat – and, as The Literary Shed, too, is the pet of a Great Cat, we have also dedicated a Pinterest board to these fabulously compelling creatures. In a favourite photograph (below), Ernest Hemingway enjoys a meal with Cristobel, one of the many cats who resided with him at his Cuban villa, Finca Vigia (1945).



 Also of interest:Mark Twain, cat and shed lover – a man of great discernment‘; ‘Vivien Leigh – an unabashed cat lover‘; and ‘Great cats and their human Pets’, The Literary Shed@Pinterest


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