The Cats of Copenhagen
Illustrated by Casey Sorrow

Recommended by Tân, City Lights Books

The Cats of Copenhagen was first written for James Joyce's most beloved audience, his only grandson, Stephen James Joyce, and sent in a letter dated September 5, 1936. Cats were clearly a common currency between Joyce and his grandson. In early August 1936, Joyce sent Stephen "a little cat filled with sweets"—a kind of Trojan cat meant to outwit grown-ups. A few weeks later, Joyce penned a letter from Copenhagen that begins “Alas! I cannot send you a Copenhagen cat because there are no cats in Copenhagen.” The letter reveals the modernist master at his most playful, yet Joyce’s Copenhagen has a keen, anti-authoritarian quality that transcends the mere whimsy of a children’s story. Only recently rediscovered, this marks the inaugural U.S. publication of The Cats of Copenhagen, a treasure for readers of all ages. A rare addition to Joyce’s known body of work, it is a joy to see this exquisite story in print at last.

Title The Cats of Copenhagen
Author James Joyce
Illustrated by Casey Sorrow
Publisher Scribner
Title First Published 14 April 2013
Format Hardcover
Nb of pages 32 p.
ISBN-10 1476708940
ISBN-13 9781476708942
Publication Date 14 April 2013
Main content page count 32
Weight 32 oz.

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