Of Cats and Men: Profiles of History's Great Cat-Loving Artists, Writers, Thinkers, and Statesmen

Of Cats and Men: Profiles of History's Great Cat-Loving Artists, Writers, Thinkers, and Statesmen

by Sam Kalda


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A stylish, illustrated gift book profiling notable cat-loving men throughout history.

Some of history’s greatest men have been cat lovers, and their cats have contributed to their genius and legacy: the static charge from a cat’s fur sparked young Nikola Tesla’s interest in electricity; Sir Isaac Newton is said to have invited the first cat flap; visitors to Ernest Hemingway and Winston Churchill’s homes still encounter the descendants of their beloved cats; William S. Burroughs and Andy Warhol both wrote books inspired by their feline friends.

Stylishly illustrated and full of charming, witty profiles and quotes from history’s most notable “cat men,” Of Cats and Men pays tribute to thirty luminaries and visionaries who have one thing in common: a pure and enduring love of cats.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780399578441
Publisher: Potter/Ten Speed/Harmony/Rodale
Publication date: 04/18/2017
Pages: 112
Sales rank: 508,760
Product dimensions: 6.60(w) x 8.70(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

SAM KALDA is an illustrator who received a BFA in painting at SUNY Purchase, an MFA at The Fashion Institute of Technology, and who studied at the Yale Norfolk School of Art. He has been recognized by The Society of Illustrators, American Illustration, Society of Illustrators Los Angeles, 3X3 Magazine, and CMYKMagazine's "Top 100 New Creatives."

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Men are often portrayed in the company of dogs. They hunt together, run happily side by side, and ride shoulder to shoulder in mud-splattered pickups—the perfect image of masculine bliss. The dog is, after all, man’s best friend. Some men, that is. 

For centuries, legions of forward-thinking men—artists, writers, scientists, and philosophers—have shared their libraries and studios with a purring feline or two. In recent years, a new population of proud, cat-loving men has come out of the proverbial “cat closet,” embracing the purr, mew, and squint of feline companionship. 

Women have, for centuries, been chided and maligned for having a cat, let alone several. This “crazy cat lady” stereotype is deeply unfair. Like Prometheus to fire, generations of enlightened fellows have gravitated to the feline species. We stand with our cat-loving sisters as crazy cat men, proudly wearing our scarlet letters in solidarity. 

Since man first discovered a fallen whisker in the forests of Eden, he has had a twilight bond with cats. We need only imagine the temples of ancient Egypt, where the priests prayed to statues of Bastet, cat goddess of the Egyptian people and protectress against disease and evil spirits. When a cat died, the Egyptians would shave their eyebrows in mourning—theirs was a truly cat-crazy culture. In fact, when a temple of Bastet was excavated in the late nineteenth century, archaeologists uncovered more than three hundred thousand cat mummies. Who knew that a catnap could last over two millennia?


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Table of Contents


King Hywel the Good - 8
Sultan Baibars - 11
Michel de Montaigne - 12
Sir Isaac Newton - 17
Samuel Johnson - 18
Edward Lear - 23
Mark Twain - 24
Nikola Tesla - 29
Maurice Ravel - 30
Louis Wain - 33
Sir Winston Churchill - 34
T.S. Eliot - 39
Paul Klee - 40
Tsuguharu Foujito - 43
Raymond Chandler - 45
George Balanchine - 49
Jean Cocteau - 50
Ernest Hemingway - 54
Balthus - 59
Romare Bearden - 60
William S. Burroughs - 63
Saul Steinberg - 66
Charles Bukowski - 69
Marlon Brando - 72
Edward Gorey - 75
Andy Warhol - 76
Karl Lagerfeld - 79
Freddie Mercury - 83
Haruki Murakami - 84
Ai Weiwei - 89 


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