Gain insights into the stories we tell about animals, which are often stories about us, through carefully selected collection items and articles by British Library curators. Discover why animals have come to play such an important role in literature for adults and children alike.
Curator Philip Hatfield explores the close connection between place and creature in an examination of the setting of Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s poem The Rime of the Ancient Mariner.Read more
Animals have always been central to human culture, as cave paintings around the world attest. In more recent times, they have also been used to reflect on what it is that defines us as human. Here, one of the curators of the 2015 British Library Animal Tales exhibition, Matthew Shaw, explores some examples of how this has changed over time.Read more
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Catherine Britton's book celebrates 30 famous dogs and their role in literature.
This hardback edition features delightfully evocative original illustrations by author Rudyard Kipling.