10 Great Facts about Writers and Dogs

We dogs have always inspired our literary humans, though we do think James Joyce was silly for being scared of us. As for that Sir Thomas Browne… well, read on!

Interesting Literature

Short facts about writers and their pet dogs – and the canine figures in the works of famous authors

Fearing attacks from rivals, poet Alexander Pope rarely left his house without a brace of pistols and his dog, a Great Dane named Bounce.

Virginia Woolf’s first published essay was an obituary for the family dog, Shag.

The first draft of John Steinbeck’s novel Of Mice and Menwas eaten by his dog, Max.

Emily Brontë’s dog, Keeper, followed her coffin to the grave when she died and, for weeks after, howled outside her bedroom door waiting for its owner to return.

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2 Responses to 10 Great Facts about Writers and Dogs

  1. Carrie Rubin says:

    ‘Cynophobia’–Learned something new today. Thanks!


  2. No problem! We hadn’t heard that word before, either. We do try to be understanding of people who fear us… but it is kind of hard to understand!


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