Carl Van Vechten

Literary Birthday – 17 June – Carl Van Vechten


Carl Van Vechten was born 17 June 1880 and died 21 December 1964.

Carl Van Vechten Quotes

  1. As an inspiration to the author, I do not think the cat can be over-estimated. He suggests so much grace, power, beauty, motion, mysticism. I do not wonder that many writers love cats; I am only surprised that all do not.
  2. There are … two kinds of people in this world, those who long to be understood and those who long to be misunderstood. It is the irony of life that neither is gratified.
  3. The cat, it is well to remember, remains the friend of man because it pleases him to do so and not because he must.
  4. The cat is the only animal without visible means of support who still manages to find a living in the city.
  5. Is a little experience too much to pay for learning to know oneself?

Carl Van Vechten was an American writer, music and drama critic, and artistic photographer. He was a patron of the Harlem Renaissance and the author of  the novel Nigger Heaven. In his later years, he took up photography and took many portraits of notable people. He also published an autobiography, Sacred and Profane Memories. He was well-known for his love of cats.

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