The Cat Inside

The Cat Inside

by William S. Burroughs
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The Cat Inside by William S. Burroughs

Best known for the wild, phantasmagoric satire of works like Naked Lunch, William S. Burroughs reveals another, gentler side in The Cat Inside. Originally published as a limited-edition volume, this moving and witty discourse on cats combines deadpan routines and dream passages with a heartwarming account of Burroughs's unexpected friendships with the many cats he has known. It is also a meditation on the long, mysterious relationship between cats and their human hosts, which Burroughs traces back to the Egyptian cult of the "animal other." With its street sense and whiplash prose, The Cat Inside is a genuine revelation for Burroughs fans and cat lovers alike.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780142000250
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 01/28/2002
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 112
Sales rank: 890,077
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.80(h) x 0.30(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

William S. Burroughs (1914-1997)—guru of the Beat Generation, controversial éminence grise of the international avant-garde, dark prophet, and blackest of black humor satirists—had a range of influence rivaled by few post-World War II writers. His many books include Naked Lunch, Queer, Exterminator!, The Cat Inside, The Western Lands, and Interzone.

Date of Birth:

February 4, 1914

Date of Death:

August 2, 1997

Place of Birth:

St. Louis, Missouri

Place of Death:

Lawrence, Kansas


Los Alamos Ranch School; A.B., Harvard University, 1936; graduate study, 1938

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Cat Inside 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
WorldReader1111 More than 1 year ago
Overall, I liked 'The Cat Inside.' The writing is, in my opinion, alright, being easy to read, and with instances of Burroughs' trademark head-trip prose; though, that said, the book failed to impress me too much in this regard. However, its literary lack was, for me at least, made up for by other substance. Namely: the exploration of animal totems, a phenomenon which, in my experience, is very real; in fact, so similar were the author's descriptions to my own, independent observations, I sensed something of a correlation (however circumstantial). Also, I learned a thing or two during the read, and that's never frowned upon, in my book. In a word, 'The Cat Inside' is worthwhile. My thanks goes out to this book's author, subjects, and publisher. I am grateful for, and have benefited from, your work and service.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is about so much more than just cats. Upon reading this I was just thinking that it was pretty cool and about cats, which i love, but going more into it you learn the author accidentally shot his wife and this book displays the guilt he is feeling around that along with making the reader think about their own life.  I've never had a book that I felt the need to absolutely have and recommend to anyone until now.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is short, about 80 pages, but informative and cute. A little history on cat-worship, and tales of cats that Bill has known throughout his life. If you met and can't forget a cat, you'll appreciate this book.