Jeoffry The Poet's Cat

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Publisher's Synopsis

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.

Book information

ISBN: 9780750999311
Publisher: The History Press
Imprint: The History Press
Pub date:
Edition: New edition
DEWEY: 636.800929
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Weight: 244g
Height: 143mm
Width: 247mm
Spine width: 18mm