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A Purrfect Philosophy: For Eartha Kitt, Reading Is the Cat's Meow. (Style)

Magazine article Book

A Purrfect Philosophy: For Eartha Kitt, Reading Is the Cat's Meow. (Style)

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PERENNIAL SEX KITTEN EARTHA KITT'S boudoir is lined with the works of her preferred men--writers such as Carl Sagan, Kahlil Gibran and Nevil Shute. Batman's former Catwoman has a ferocious appetite for those she devours atop her zebra skin-covered divan. "F. Scott Fitzgerald was such a fantastic writer," she says. "I don't give a goddamn whether he was a drunk or not." In fact, his legendary antics make him a better writer, a better character, she says. For her, the words on the page are as important as the mind behind them. Kitt disdains contemporary fiction writers in favor of the delicacies afforded by forerunners such as Fitzgerald and Ernest Hemingway. "We had such fabulous characters in those times," she says. "Do we allow those kinds of minds to be these days?"

Abandoned by her parents at a young age, Kitt dropped out of school when she was sixteen to work in a Harlem factory and later became an entertainer. …

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