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The Tiger in the House: A Cultural History of the Cat [Hardcover]

By Carl Van Vechten & Stephen Budiansky (Introduction by)
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Pages   424
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.68" Width: 5.76" Height: 1.35"
Weight:   1.3 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Mar 27, 2007
Publisher   NYRB Classics
ISBN  159017223X  
EAN  9781590172230  


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“A god, a companion to sorceresses at the Witches' Sabbath, a beast who is royal in Siam, who in Japan is called ‘the tiger that eats from the hand,' the adored of Mohammed, Laura's rival with Petrarch, the friend of Richelieu, the favorite of poets”—such are just a few of the feline distinctions that Carl Van Vechten records in this glorious historical overview of humanity's long love affair with the cat. As delightful as it is learned, Tiger in the House explores science, art, and history to assemble a treasury of cat lore, while Van Vechten's sumptuous baroque prose
makes the book's every page an inexhaustible pleasure.
"Every lover of cats should own this book...the best single treatise on the cat, spiritually rather than biologically considered, that we have ever seen."--Chicago Evening Post

"The Tiger in the House is absolutely fascinating. As a matter of fact, it is a treasure house. The little scraps of literary gossip in it alone make it absolutely indispensable for anyone who likes to explore the hedgy bypaths of an author's life and thoughts. I wouldn't be without it for anything."--Chicago Tribune

"At last the cat has a book worthy of him...luxurious, regal, self-certain, and complete."--New York Evening Post

Carl Van Vechten wrote "what many think the two best books about cats ever published, Lords of the Housetops and The Tiger in the House."--The Chicago Daily Tribune
Carl Van Vechten (1880—1964) was born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, graduated from the University of Chicago, and moved to New York, where he lived happily ever after.

Stephen Budiansky is the author of ten books about history, science, and nature. He is a former national security correspondent and foreign editor of the weekly newsmagazine U.S. News & World Report. As a Congressional Fellow at the U.S. Congress Office of Technology Assessment he co-authored a classified study on the role of smart-weapons technology in warfare. He is also a former Washington Editor of the international scientific journal Nature. Stephen Budiansky is currently a correspondent for The Atlantic Monthly.

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Stephen Budiansky is the author of ten books about history, science, and nature. He is a former national security correspondent and foreign editor of the weekly newsmagazine U.S. News & World Report. As a Congressional Fellow at the U.S. Congress Office of Technology Assessment he co-authored a classified study on the role of smart-weapons technology in warfare. He is also a former Washington Editor of the international scientific journal Nature. Stephen Budiansky is currently a correspondent for The Atlantic Monthly.

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Rather pedantic  May 12, 2007
This may be the ultimate cat book for some but I didn't appreciate the overload of Frenchisms, and the dwelling on mistreatment of cats all through their history. It was an informative piece of work but I found it fairly rough going.
 
If you like cats....  Jun 20, 2000
If you like cats, this book is for you. It discusses cats in every area of our lives! Cats in folklore, cats in theatre, cats and the law- the list goes on! I enjoyed this book!
 

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