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Cleveland Amory (1917–1998)

Author of The Cat Who Came for Christmas

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About the Author

Cleveland Amory is a humorist and humanitarian especially known for his books about animals and his animal advocacy. Amory was born in 1917 into a prominent New England family. Amory attended Harvard where he was president of the Harvard Crimson. Upon graduation, Amory became the youngest editor show more ever of The Saturday Evening Post. He served in Army Intelligence in World War II and soon after the war wrote a trilogy of social history studies, including The Proper Bostonians, which is still in print 50 years later. He also wrote The Last Resorts and Who Killed Society? Amory was social commentator of the Today Show and chief critic of the TV Guide from 1963 to 1976. He wrote a weekly column for the Saturday Review and delivered a daily radio essay titled Curmudgeon at Large. Amory became senior contributing editor of Parade magazine in 1980. In 1974 he wrote Man Kind? Our Incredible War on Wildlife, one of a few books ever to be awarded an editorial in The New York Times. This book inspired The Guns of Autumn, a CBS documentary on hunting. His books on cats include The Cat Who Came for Christmas, The Cat and the Curmudgeon, and The Best Cat Ever. In 1996 an anthology, Cat Tales: Classic Stories from Favorite Writers, joined his other cat books. Ranch of Dreams, published in 1997, tells the story of Black Beauty Ranch, a sanctuary and shelter for animals developed in East Texas by the Fund for Animals, which Amory founded in 1967. Amory lives in New York. He visits Black Beauty Ranch often and continues to be active on behalf of animals. (Bowker Author Biography) show less
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Works by Cleveland Amory

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A Treasury of Great Recipes (1738) — Introduction — 280 copies
Sears, Roebuck & Co. Catalogue 1902 (1902) — Introduction, some editions — 276 copies
Care of the Wild Feathered & Furred (1993) — Foreword, some editions — 145 copies
Save the Animals: 101 Easy Things You Can Do (1990) — Introduction, some editions — 85 copies
The New Roger Caras Treasury of Great Cat Stories (1997) — Contributor — 25 copies


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witty, final word on Boston
SrMaryLea | 1 other review | Aug 22, 2023 |
Every December I look for a few books that are lighthearted and funny. The Cat Who Came for Christmas fit the bill for the most part, being both a memoir about a specific stray cat coming into Cleveland's life and a didactic nonfiction containing interesting facts about cats. Here are a few examples: Cleveland delves into the theory of a cat having nine lives; he provides names of politicians and rulers who either loved or detested cats; he shares the dirty secrets of animals shelters, testing on animals (ouch), and price gouging of veterinarians. He shares stories of his work with animals rights organizations. It is not just a warm and fuzzy story about a cat named Polar Bear. But let's be fair. Polar Bear is the star of the show. The full blown, complete sentence dialogues Cleveland would have with his cat are hysterical.
Cleveland is in good company of famous people who enjoyed cats: Mark Twain, Colette, Walter Cronkite, and Robert De Niro to name a few.
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SeriousGrace | 30 other reviews | Dec 26, 2022 |
Great story of an abandoned cat and his new life with the author.
kslade | 30 other reviews | Dec 8, 2022 |
The droll wit that permeates this book is a welcome change from the current style of letting it all hang out. After reading some of the reviews of this book, I wonder if a few readers understand this type of humor.
LuanneCastle | 30 other reviews | Mar 5, 2022 |



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