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Jeoffry : the poet's cat


075099567X / 9780750995672
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United Kingdom
21 cm xxii, 185 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (colour)
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Illustrations and text on lining papers.

Jeoffry was a real cat who lived 250 years ago, confined to an asylum with Christopher Smart, one of the most visionary poets of the age.

In exchange for love and companionship, Smart rewarded Jeoffry with the greatest tribute to a feline ever written.

Prize-winning biographer Oliver Soden combines meticulous research with passages of dazzling invention to recount the life of the cat praised as 'a mixture of gravity and waggery'.

The narrative roams from the theatres and bordellos of Covent Garden to the cell where Smart was imprisoned for mania.

At once whimsical and profound, witty and deeply moving, Soden's biography plays with the genre like a cat with a toy.

It tells the story of a poet and a poem, while setting Jeoffry's life and adventures against the roaring backdrop of eighteenth-century London.


1DBKESL London, Greater London, 3JF c 1700 to c 1800, BGL Biography: literary, WNGC Cats as pets

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