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Author’s Best Friend: The Pets of Literary Greats

October 15, 2013 | by


Tim Taranto hails from Upstate New York, and attended Cornell. In addition to The Paris Review Daily, his work has appeared on the Rumpus and McSweeney’s Internet Tendency. Tim lives in Iowa City, where he is studying fiction at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop.




  1. Shelley | October 15, 2013 at 11:35 am

    What a relief for a writer to be around an animal rather than a human.

    A break.

  2. Mark McPherson | October 15, 2013 at 2:07 pm

    On the anniversary of his birth, Wodehouse’s beloved Pekingnese.

  3. AB | October 15, 2013 at 4:29 pm

    sidenote: Tim is also an authentically sweet person.

  4. a | October 20, 2013 at 12:28 pm


  5. Ted Fontenot | October 28, 2013 at 10:42 pm

    James Thurber and P. G. White were pretty famous for their dogs. Indeed, Thurber created both literary and cartoon art out of his, and Wodehouse became part of WWII history and was almost destroyed because of his love of Pekes.

  6. Mark V. McDonnell | October 31, 2013 at 8:19 pm

    My favorite authorial pet was a purely notional one. Kingsley Amis claimed he would name a dog, were he to have one, Peeve.

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