Kristen Alexander's cat follows long literary tradition

By David Ellery
Updated April 23 2018 - 10:12am, first published August 20 2014 - 10:07am

What is it about authors and cats? Samuel Johnson, the 18th-century poet, critic and biographer immortalised by James Boswell, doted on his Hodge; Mark Twain delighted in the company of numerous felines and Charles Dickens rather macabrely had one of his cat Bob’s paws mounted as the handle of an ivory letter opener after the creature died.

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