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According to ancient Egyptian lore, the goddess Bast, who protected her worshippers from disease and hard luck, had the figure of a woman and the head of a cat. Egyptians loved their feline companions, including them in family portraits, mummifying them alongside their owners, and creating exquisite works of sculpture around their graceful forms. 

Four thousand years later, the cat continues to charm us. Katharine M. Rogers traces our relationship with this curious creature in Cat, an entertaining look at one of the most popular pets in the world. From the domestic cats emergence in ancient Egypt to its enormous popularity in the contemporary United States, Rogers uncovers the felines cultural history in all its numerous forms: rat-catcher, witchs familiar, and even the inscrutable creature that inspired Lewis Carroll and Edgar Allan Poe. As Rogers demonstrates, our fascination with cats lies in their uncanny ability to embody just about any character—from sweet to ferocious, affectionate to independent, eerie to elegant. 

Cat will be relished by anyone who appreciates these lovable companions and their amazing ability to bring joy to our lives.

About the Author

Katharine M. Rogers is the author and editor of numerous books and anthologies, including The Cat and the Human Imagination: Feline Images from Bast to Garfield, L. Frank Baum: Creator of Oz, and the forthcoming First Friend: A History of Dogs and Humans.

Table of Contents

1.  Wildcat to Domestic Mousecatcher
2.  The Magic of Cats, Evil and Good
3.  Cherished Inmates of Home and Salon
4.  Cats and Women
5.  Cats Appreciated as Individuals
6.  The Fascination Paradox
 
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Acknowledgements
Photo Acknowledgements
Index
 

Product Details

ISBN:
9781861892928
Author:
Rogers, Katharine M.
Publisher:
Reaktion Books
Author:
Rogers, Kay
Subject:
Cats - General
Subject:
Cats
Subject:
PETS / Cats / General
Edition Description:
Paperback
Series:
Reaktion Books - Animal
Publication Date:
20061231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
25 color plates, 75 halftones
Pages:
208
Dimensions:
7.5 x 5.38 in

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