“Cats and Dogs“


“Cats and Dogs“
   Essay (6,050 words); written on November 23, 1926. First published in Leaves(Summer 1937); rpt. Cats (as “Something about Cats”); rpt. MW
   This delightful essay was written for a Blue Pencil Club meeting in New York—which HPL, having returned to Providence that spring, was unable to attend—at which the relative merits of cats and dogs would be debated. HPL, vastly preferring felines, sees in cats a symbol of aristocracy, unemotionalism, and pride (“The dog is a peasant and the cat is a gentleman”). He maintains that cats are much superior in intellect than dogs, are not dependent upon human beings, and are far more aesthetically beautiful than dogs. In the first appearance of the essay, some of HPL’s more outrageously oligarchical statements (e.g., “whether the forces of disintegration are already too powerful for even the fascist sentiment to check, none may yet say”) were expunged by R.H.Barlow; his editing was copied by August Derleth (who also retitled the essay) in Cats . The unexpurgated text was first presented in MW

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