The Mythology of Cats: Feline Legend and Lore Through the Ages

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An international treasury of cat tales, legends, and myths shares stories about more than thirty different breeds, from the Bobtail who lost his tail chasing mice on Noah's Ark to the Shorthair whose purr lulled Baby Jesus to sleep. 10,000 first printing.

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Gerald Hausman was born in Baltimore and grew up in New Jersey. It was there that he experienced the drama of Night Flight firsthand. He wrote this book as a means of "banishing ghosts that have remained" long after he thought he'd left them behind.

Mr. Hausman celebrates his love of community, family, and storytelling through his writing. His first book for Philomel, Coyote Walks on Two Legs, explored his lifelong relationship with the Navajo. Night Flight is a further exploration of his roots and an examination of his Gypsy and Jewish background.

Mr. Hausman is the cofounder and director of the Blue Harbor Creative Writing Program in Jamaica. He and his wife live in Bokeelia, Florida, where in addition to his writing, he enjoys life on the Gulf Coast.

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It is common knowledge that cats have been the familiars of witches and that they possess nine lives. But how many people know that Buddha and Muhammad had beloved feline companions or that throughout the ages cats have been regarded in a positive manner as healers, caretakers, spirit guides, harbingers of good luck, martyrs, and deities who confer fertility on the fields? The Hausmans, authors of The Mythology of Dogs (St. Martin's, 1997) and other books on mythology, spent two decades researching the lore of cats. The result is an entertaining compilation of legends from ancient Egypt, Greece, Rome, and Asia; folktales from medieval Europe; and literary references from modern poetry and fiction. Each tale concludes with a description of a specific breed that seems to typify the legend. An extensive bibliography is included. More comprehensive than Robert De Larouche's The Secret Life of Cats (LJ 9/15/95), this book is recommended for public libraries with large folklore or pet collections. (Illustrations not seen.)?Florence Scarinci, Nassau Community Coll. Lib., Garden City, NY
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