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Massachusetts State Library: News Murthy’s Cattage: A Biographical Dictionary Of Cats In Literature

01/10/2021

Spotlight on the October collection!

Murthy’s Cattage: A Biographical Dictionary of Cats in Literature

Murthy’s Cattage: A Biographical Dictionary of Cats in Literature

Howard M. Chapin (Providence, RI, 1911)

This month our Spotlight Collection features one of October’s unofficial mascots: cats! Murthy’s Cattage: A Biographical Dictionary of Cats in Literature was compiled by Howard Millar Chapin and published in Providence, RI in 1911. Within its pages is a list of cats found in literature or owned by authors. It also serves as an early 19th century time capsule, as it highlights authors and titles that may not be as well known today. The brochure is dedicated to Chapin’s own cat, and the book’s namesake, Murthy.

The brochure is less than a dozen pages long and can be accessed in DSpace. And in honor of National Black Cat Day on October 27, we encourage you to look the list for a few black cats – including Gavroche and Eponine, the pets of French writer Théophile Gautier, who have been named shortly. after the publication of Victor Hugo Wretched. There are many more, as well as other interesting cat descriptions, to be found in the pages of Murthy’s Cattage!


This press release was produced by the Massachusetts State Library. The opinions expressed here are those of the author.


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