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ISBN:0880293276
Author: Carl Van Vechten
ISBN13: 978-0880293273
Title: The Tiger in the House
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Language: English
Category: Biological Sciences
Publisher: Dorset Press (March 1, 1990)
Pages: 220

The Tiger in the House by Carl Van Vechten



Van Vechten's controversial work of fiction is Nigger Heaven (1926), notable for its depiction of black life in Harlem in the 1920s and its sympathetic treatment of the newly emerging black culture. Two further novels followed, Spider Boy: A Scenario for a Moving Picture (1928) and Parties (1930), the latter containing a portrait of Zelda and F. Scott Fitzgerald, before Van Vechten turned from fiction to photography. His photographs are in collections at the Museum of Modern Art in New York and elsewhere.

Carl Van Vechten was a man about the art, music, literary, photographic world of the 1920s, 1930s, and 1940s. within this frame, "The Tiger in the House: A Cultural History" may be particularly delightful for readers who. --can handle French as fluently as English since about a quarter of the book is in French --are charmed by the by-ways of history, belief, and experience specially anecdotes --enjoy hearing about the rich & famous of 1880 to 1930, whose names may now send us to the internet --like hearing about the cat (pussy, Grimalkin) in other countries particularly Japan and Pharonic. Egypt -and about the cat in the occult, law, art, music, poetry, and literature.

by Van Vechten, Carl. Publication date 1936. Topics Cats, Cats-Bibliography. Publisher New York: A. A. Knopf. Collection uplicates; univ florida smathers; americana. Digitizing sponsor University of Florida, George A. Smathers Libraries with support from LYRASIS and the Sloan Foundation. Contributor University of Florida, George A. Smathers Libraries. jsp?st UF023284679&ix pm&I 0&V D&pm 1.

The Tiger in the House. Analysis Of The Book ' Alice Adventures. Cardiovascular Disease Is The Number One Killer. Rejection And Abandonment Of Mary Shelley 's Frankenstein.

Carl Van Vechten (June 17, 1880 – December 21, 1964) was an American writer and artistic photographer who was a patron of the Harlem Renaissance and the literary executor of Gertrude Stein. He gained fame as a writer, and notoriety as well, for his novel Nigger Heaven. In his later years, he took up photography and took many portraits of notable people. Although he was married to women for most of his adult life, Van Vechten engaged in numerous homosexual affairs over his lifetime.

Witty, urbane, sophisticated treasury of anecdotes, facts and lore about Felis cattus, the domesticated cat. Explores the ubiquitous creature's independent nature, long association with the occult, place in folklore, music, art, fiction, and more. Charmingly illustrated with drawings by Grandville, Steinlen, Beardsley and others. while i have not read much of this book yet, i feel that i can definitely say a few things about it, regardless. i keep it in my car for just in case i am someplace boring & need a book! the author is really impressive with his knowledge, the delivery. is quirky, with lots of style & excellent plays on words.

about in Bleak House ; the pious papal cats of Leo XII, Gregory XV, and Pius IX; 24 the playful kitten companions of Richelieu; the oyster-eating Hodge of Dr. Johnson, the bane of Boswell; Edward Lear’s Old Foss; that troublesome old rip, Hector G. Yelverton, with no more principle than an injun ; Mr. Garnett’s indomitable queen, of whom ha. H. Hudson relates the story of a remarkable friendship between a cat and a rat in The Book of a Naturalist. Note 20. Cats and their affections ; Temple Bar ; Vol. 107, P. 84. Note 21. Les Chats ; P. 89.

By Carl Van Vechten Introduction by Stephen Budiansky. By Carl Van Vechten Introduction by Stephen Budiansky. Category: Pets History Science. People Who Read The Tiger in the House Also Read. Inspired by Your Browsing History. Every lover of cats should own this boo. he best single treatise on the cat, spiritually rather than biologically considered, that we have ever seen. –Chicago Evening Post. The Tiger in the House is absolutely fascinating. As a matter of fact, it is a treasure house. I wouldn’t be without it for anything

Carl Van Vechten was an esteemed photographer, novelist, and critic, a champion of modernism and the Harlem renaissance. All cat haters are here served notice to beware. Stephen Budiansky is the author of ten books about history, science, and nature. News & World Report.

This Is A New Release Of The Original 1921 Edition.
Reviews: 7
Braned
Carl Van Vechten was a man about the art, music, literary, photographic world of the 1920s, 1930s, and 1940s. Among his achievements was celebrating the Harlem Renaissance and creating hundreds of perceptive beautiful photographs. He died in 1964 but did not really make it past WWII in his interests and there is some doubt if he ever made it much beyond the fairly wealthy world. An intimate and ever helpful friend of Gertrude & Alice (he was Gertrude's literary executor), Van Vechten---judging by this book----could quote Baudelaire, that marvelous cat-lover, but may have been as unaware of Eliot's "Book of Practical Cats" as he was of Marquis "Archy and Mehitabel."

within this frame, "The Tiger in the House: A Cultural History" may be particularly delightful for readers who

---can handle French as fluently as English since about a quarter of the book is in French
---are charmed by the by-ways of history, belief, and experience specially anecdotes
---enjoy hearing about the rich & famous of 1880 to 1930, whose names may now send us to the internet
---like hearing about the cat (pussy, Grimalkin) in other countries particularly Japan and Pharonic Egypt
--and about the cat in the occult, law, art, music, poetry, and literature

This edition includes a discerning critical introduction appreciative of Van Vechten and suitably ailurophile as well as the text and over 20 pages of illustrations. Many are probably unique sources of scholarship on the cat, with a topically organized & annotated bibliography and a quirky index which includes only names mentioned in the book.. There is a chapter of art criticism, for instance, that concurrently makes the claim that no one has painted or drawn cats adequately and offers encomiums of drawings of cats-as-people whose artistic beauties sure escaped me. Was this tongue-in-cheek irony? A send-up of art criticism? Or straight face?

None-the-less----outdated, incomplete, superceded by recent works on cats, this unusual book has a place in social/literary history and to this cat-lover, it was a splendid engaging read and no doubt, a re-read

ANY ALERTS? To some readers, and I am one of them, the derogatory religious, racial, and ethnic slurs may be really off-putting. That Van Vechten was not called out on this when he wrote it and probably would be (and how) today might be encouraging, but it bothered me more than the somewhat high-art and arch writing style. Thus four, not five stars

But I loved so much in these pages including the Chinese, "The cat was created so man could caress the tiger." and the great insistence on the individuality of cats. Other readers may too.
Beardana
I really wanted to like it; I've heard enough about Van Vechten to want to read something by him. But. It was too glorious and the sumptuous baroque prose was too much for me. So were all the long excerpts and quotes in French that I couldn't understand. Every page was not an inexhaustible pleasure, it was simply exhausting. I found my eyes were moving but I wasn't getting anywhere although I did arrive at page 53 before I finally gave up.
Hulis
Great coffee table book for cat lovers. Full of fun and fascinating anecdotes.
fabscf
while i have not read much of this book yet, i feel that i can definitely say a few things about it, regardless. it is both well-written (extremely!), interesting, chock full o' cool historical facts...i keep it in my car for just in case i am someplace boring & need a book! the author is really impressive with his knowledge, the delivery is quirky, with lots of style & excellent plays on words. it is the kind of book i read a bit, put down, read a bit later, put down...you know the deal. not exactly easy-reading, but i love the idea of it & i love the author's snarky, intelligent sense of humor, too! it was exactly what i thought it would be, & all in all, a very cool book! i am proud to have it as an addition to my persnickety library. i only keep the best books- i donate or re-sell all the others as i live in an apartment. this one is definitely a true keeper.
Jaiarton
Nice history of cats. I was a little confused about various well known people and their cats. I didn't know the people.
Jugore
This may be the ultimate cat book for some but I didn't appreciate the overload of Frenchisms, and the dwelling on mistreatment of cats all through their history. It was an informative piece of work but I found it fairly rough going.
Nagor
The best book on cats I've ever seen. Extraordinarily well written, comprehensive, lively, witty, opinionated--any cat fancier will love it. The breadth of the author's scholarship is breathtaking, yet the prose absolutely clear. Some readers will resist his claim that cats are more intelligent than human beings; I however was convinced by it, even though I am not a cat.--Richard A. Posner
The best -- and most complete book -- you'll ever find about cats. Urbane and very worldly. Superbo writing and insights, and more than you wanted to know about cats vs dogs, to boot. "A cat bible," said the London Spectator.