Kipling's Cat: A Memoir of My Father

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A memoir of Jeffries Wyman—groundbreaking scientist, Boston Brahmin, adventurer, diplomat, artist, and eccentric—by his daughter Anne. After the death of his first wife, Wyman travelled the world, leaving his two children with relatives. But he sent them a stream of brilliant letters chronicling his travels and his friendships with everyone from Alaskan Eskimos to luminaries such as J. Robert Oppenheimer. A frank, loving portrait of a man who led an uncommonly tumultuous life.

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Kipling's Cat, Anne Cabot Wyman, Protean Press - This memoir of the author's father, Jeffries Wyman (1901-1995), is also a tale of class, time, and many places-blueblood society in Boston in the early and mid 1900s and many exotic overseas locales. A scientist who helped discover a branch of biochemistry and a talented painter and writer, Wyman was not the perfect father but he was always fascinating. He was often physically distant-traveling the world to discover other cultures and new science-serving for UNESCO in Cairo and at the American Embassy in Paris. Nonetheless, he taught his daughter what she needed to live a good life. He was curious, sensitive, giving, funny, sophisticated, and a kind man. The author, Anne Cabot Wyman, inherited her father's passion for adventure travel and wrote for the Boston Globe for 30 years. It is refreshing to read a memoir of a less-than-perfect father and discover that, despite his shortcomings, he did a good job at instilling values and interests. (The US Review of Books)

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