Looking for a last minute literary Halloween costume? The infographic compiles costumes famous authors like Oscar Wilde, Truman Capote, and Anne Rice have worn.

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(Infographic by  website Essay Mama)

14 Responses

  1. John Shea

    I believe Truman Capote is dressed as the Ghost of Christmas Present from A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens.

    ‘Heaped up on the floor, to form a kind of throne, were turkeys, geese, game, poultry, brawn, great joints of meat, sucking-pigs, long wreaths of sausages, mince-pies, plum-puddings, barrels of oysters, red-hot chestnuts, cherry-cheeked apples, juicy oranges, luscious pears, immense twelfth-cakes, and seething bowls of punch, that made the chamber dim with their delicious steam. In easy state upon this couch, there sat a jolly Giant, glorious to see; who bore a glowing torch, in shape not unlike Plenty’s horn, and held it up, high up, to shed its light on Scrooge, as he came peeping round the door. . . .
    It was clothed in one simple green robe, or mantle, bordered with white fur. This garment hung so loosely on the figure, that its capacious breast was bare, as if disdaining to be warded or concealed by any artifice. Its feet, observable beneath the ample folds of the garment, were also bare; and on its head it wore no other covering than a holly wreath, set here and there with shining icicles.’

    • Bruce Miner

      I think Colette is perfect as a cat; she looks like a feline without the make-up… Cats do not get enough credit for love, probably because their love is not unconditional, like dogs and children. Their love is still honest, if fleeting and devoid of salivary content. There is a lot less drool involved with them ! Maybe The Cure’s song “Love Cats” was directly inspired by Colette. Cats are of feminine gender in most languages; so is love. Men are from Mars, or maybe Pluto, the disavowed planet. Pluto is also a dog and a male. Pepe Le Pew is a love-crazy skunk, but Le Pew is a masculine noun; let’s face it :”Love Stinks !”

  2. Bruce Miner

    I love Colette’s homage to cats . She looks like a cat, without make-up and she did it as a mime skit. Mimes are as annoying (but less frightening ) as clowns. Cats and even “Love Cats” are historically under-appreciated. The Cure even have a song called “Love Cats”.Dogs and children generally offer up to us, unconditional love (not entirely accurate, that term), A cat will offer you love, camaraderie and a prolonged, grateful, purr, without leaving overly generous amounts of drool on your clothes and lap. Cats are love and the cat is feminine, in most languages. War is masculine or neutral; dogs are masculine and children are of specific gender. Men are from Mars, or maybe Pluto (the disavowed planet), also a dog. Love is generally not unconditional; cats are just smarter about gifting humans, dogs and children with their love.Regarding love as precious, we might be well-advised to follow their example and be not so frivolous with our love and our saliva.


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