Particularly Cats

LessingParticularly Cats…and Rufus by Doris Lessing was first published in 1967. It was republished in 1991 by Alfred A, Knoff, Inc. with illustrations by James McMullan. The jacket flap invites cat lovers.

“In a series of captivating, interconnected vignettes, we meet the cats that have slinked and bullied and charmed their way into Doris Lessing’s life: the farm and feral cats of her South African childhood, the London house cats, the city strays (such as Rufus, the new addition to the gallery), the prowling toms, and the ‘kittens, kittens, showers of kittens’.” Lessing “tells the way cats affect her and she them, and the communication that grows between them, a language of gesture and mood and desire as eloquent, finally, as the spoken word.”

James McMullan’s lovely watercolor illustrations (including the cover) offer appealing cats within a home.

Doris Lessing was born in Persia, grew up in Southern Rhodesia, and moved to London in 1949. Her first book was published in 1950 and was followed by numerous works.

James McMullan was born in China, educated in England and settled in New York City. He created posters for the Lincoln Center Theater and many magazine illustrations. He taught at the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan.


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