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date: 19 October 2019

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This article analyzes William Baldwin's prose writing. It focuses on Beware the Cat, which resists classification due to its diverse and strange nature. While at times a pleasant read, it can also be disgusting and occasionally disturbing. The slipperiness of the work reflects the ambiguous nature of Baldwin's status as a Tudor writer. It is argued that Beware the Cat is an exercise in foolish writing and that Baldwin was a fool to write a work that consistently frustrates any and all attempts to fix its meaning. The folly of writing such a slippery feline work is perhaps only exceeded by the foolishness of those who seek to collar Beware the Cat, to hang a generic bell onto Baldwin's work in order to warn readers of its approach.

Keywords: William Baldwin, Beware the Cat, foolish writing, English prose, prose writing

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