Discover how animals influenced twenty of the world's most beloved authors, from Charles Dickens to J. K. Rowling.Did you know that a dog saved Pablo Neruda's life? Or that Mark Twain had a cat named Bambino? Or that Edgar Allan Poe wrote with a cat on his shoulders?Writers and Their Pets tells these stories and many more that will delight not only children but also literary experts, history lovers, and animal enthusiasts. Each short chapter focuses on one author's life, using simple and entertaining text to weave tales of the pets that affected the lives and works of these writers.Writers and Their Pets features a diverse list of both male and female international authors, from the nineteenth to the twenty-first century, including Beatrix Potter, E. B. White, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Kurt Vonnegut, Maurice Sendak, Ernest Hemingway, and and more.
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by Kathleen Krull
by Kathleen Bridge
"Lauren Ezzo enthusiastically narrates Krull's biographical sketches of famous authors. The short pieces are related thematically by commentary on the writers' relationships to their pets, after a longer discussion of their lives and works. Given the variety of authors discussed--Beatrix Potter, Ernest Hemingway, Charles Dickens, and more--the title will have wide appeal, leading listeners to adult and children's books from the 19th through the 21st centuries. While Ezzo's accents and male voices in dialogue are somewhat weak, her energetic and warm delivery of the narrative will have listeners believing that she cares about each writer personally and is proud of their accomplishments. E.J.F. © AudioFile 2019, Portland, Maine"
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