Pet relationships as comfort -- cultivating creativity and, in the case of Sendak, replacing people
To us, it's always seemed as though pets attach themselves to artists (and vice versa, of course) in greater numbers than to regular folks. Maybe it's the pull of a constant, silent listener to bounce ideas against, or the boundless soul of the writer. Either way, pictures of famous authors and their pets are humanizing and adorable, so we've collected a few of them here.
Dorothy Parker and her dog Misty.
"Why, that dog is practically a Phi Beta Kappa. She can sit up and beg, and she can give her paw -- I don't say she will but she can." See also: "Verse For a Certain Dog."
Edith Wharton with double pups.
"My little dog -- a heartbeat at my feet."
John Steinbeck and Charley.
"I've seen a look in dogs' eyes, a quickly vanishing look of amazed contempt, and I am convinced that basically dogs think humans are nuts."
Mark Twain and shoulder kitty.
"Some people scorn a cat and think it not an essential; but the Clemens tribe are not of these."
Virginia Woolf and her dog Pinka.