Hi everyone, we are lucky to have Cat Scout Maggie here today for a guest post. Hello, everybody! Happy New Year! We’re sure you all received lots of books for Christmas, and I’d like to tell you about two of my favorites. I’m still reading another one, so that will be covered in a future post!
First, an oldie but timeless goodie: T.S.Eliot’s Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats was published in 1939 and has never been out of print. It is a book of poetry that formed the basis for the hit musical “Cats,” and many editions have been illustrated. Mine has great drawings by that wonderful fellow Edward Gorey. The poems are humorous and serious, but all reflect the author’s great admiration for our feline world. If you haven’t yet read it, I urge you to get a copy!
Herbert takes famous artworks and replaces the principal figures with feline ones. From Botticelli’s Birth of Venus to the Sistine Chapel, from medieval prayer books to impressionist masterworks, our feline counterparts offer a new slant on art appreciation!
The book includes Cats in Art, Cats on Stage (including famous theater posters) and Cats in the Movies. Ben Hur, Casablanca and Lawrence of Arabia are but a few of the artist’s film interpretations using us as the stars!
Jan van Eyck, The Arnolfini Marriage, 1434
Thank you Maggie for an excellent post.
I am sad to hear of another kitty going to The Bridge. Little Binky has lost her younger sister: