The Cat in the literature

“The smallest feline is a masterpiece” – Leonardo da Vinci

Who dares to contradict the great da Vinci? From the time of the pharaohs, the cat has been inspiration for the arts, poetry and literature. Grace and temperament of the cat makes it irresistible for those beautiful beings who are dedicated to describe our world through literature and painting. Contrary to the dog that needs attention all the time, the cat is calmer. Napping near her guardian enjoys the company while inspiring human writing. Of course, until their lunch break when he says goodbye to his irate character to become the hungry and persistent hunter.

Already said Argentine journalist and writer Osvaldo Soriano: “A writer without a cat is like a blind without seeing-eye”. Many people follow the advice. The catlike literary inspiration through all areas. Passes through horror stories of Stephen King ( “Pet Sematary” and “Night Shift”) and poems of everyday life as the “Oda al Gato” by Pablo Neruda and “The newest song of cats” by Federico Garcia Lorca . The cat is in all.

The list of texts with cats is long and diverse. Here is a small sample of feline inspiration in literature.

We started with a classic of children’s literature. In the decade of the 50s a study was conducted in primary schools in the United States where children selflessness stands out for reading. It blames the boring books without creative images that arouse children’s curiosity. Here comes Theodor Geisel (Dr. Seuss) who designed the distinctive character of the cat walking on two legs and wears a hat of red and white stripes in response to the problem. With illustrations and different, full color stories and humor, capturing the interest of the boys and in turn able to learn to read.

The cat’s cunning and perseverance gets power, wealth and help his master to get marriage was first published in Paris, France in 1697 and still a success. He has been transported to the movies and to the ballet.

Before Stephen King terrorize us with his stories existed Edgar Allan Poe, famous American writer and master of the macabre. It is said that Poe was a cat lover and had many during his life. I hope that your pets have not the same goal that gave the black cat in its history.

Hemingway’s image is always the macho man able to achieve what you want. His works reflect the character. Born in Illinois, he moved to Paris in the 20s and changed his career. He successfully began writing novels and short stories. Among the latter is the “Cat in the Rain”. The story fits on one page but that does not mean it lacks intention or force. The cat as an object of desire. Nothing unusual in the world of cat-fanatics.

His love of cats was always present and can be seen in many photographs. But the most famous accompanied him while living in Key West, Florida in U.S.A. It was there that he gave to Snowball, cat with six toes or polydactyl cat. This fabulous cat was commissioned to fill the place with children with the same feature. Today you can visit the house, now a museum, and greet the descendants of Snowball.

The great Argentine writer included the cat in his prose in numerous short stories. Perhaps to learn more about their behavior and why they act the way they do. His admiration for the Pussycats helps us to understand a little better.

The writer is an anarchist in the plain sense of the term does not have time to write and sometimes very rare task is performed on demand, that is, put in a nutshell: DO WHAT YOU WANT. Well, so does the cat: ALLIANCE IS A FREE BEINGS “- Jorge Luis Borges

The story published in England in 1895 was written primarily as Alice, daughter of a friend of the author Charles Lutwidge Dodgson (Lewis Carroll) a gift. Definitely a history of strange and mysterious adventures. The rabbit runs rushed because it is late. The mouse that nothing in tears Alice. Barajas speaking. Liquids that make you to take smaller and eating biscuits achieve the opposite … But no character compared with the Cheshire Cat, that appears and disappears at will sometimes leaving her smile as a witness. Much is said about the symbolism of the story. If it was written for that purpose no one knows, but our curiosity always leads us to chase the rabbit.