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Lions And Pit Bulls And Bears, Oh My!

Meet four authors who all share an animal instinct - A dog, a bear, and a stuffed lion all get warm, cute and cuddly with some famous writers

Dave Eggers may have started the pomo trend of animal-friendly author photos on the jacket of his 2000 hardcover A Heart-breaking Work of Staggering Genius. Curiously, the dog was digitally added and wasn't even his (it belonged to a friend and had recently died).

David Foster Wallace's story collection Oblivion features 5-year-old Werner, who is part boxer, part pit bull. Wallace found Werner in 1999 at a Bloomington, Ill., shelter, where the puppy was the sole survivor of an abused litter.

But who wants a dog when there's a bear handy? For his 2002 novel The Russian Debutante's Handbook, Gary Shteyngart used this pic taken in front of Russia's Hermitage Museum with a local circus animal. ''I'm crazy about bears,'' the author explains. ''They're very photogenic.''

Hall, the king of the beastly author photo! For his new novel Wake Up, Sir!, Jonathan Ames totes a stuffed lion -- which he says was thrown at his car from an el train platform in NYC after a ''shameful and erotic'' evening 14 years ago.

Originally posted Jul 16, 2004 Published in issue #774 Jul 16, 2004 Order article reprints
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