The Great Grisby: Two Thousand Years of Literary, Royal, Philosophical, and Artistic Dog Lovers and Their Exceptional Animals

1 other format in stock!
21,000+ Reviews has the highest-rated customer service of any bookstore in the world
Product Details
$25.99  $24.17
Publish Date
5.9 X 9.1 X 1.2 inches | 1.05 pounds

Earn by promoting books

Earn money by sharing your favorite books through our Affiliate program.

Become an affiliate
About the Author

Mikita Brottman, PhD, is an Oxford-educated scholar, author, and psychoanalyst. She has written seven previous books, including The Great Grisby: Two Thousand Years of Literary, Royal, Philosophical, and Artistic Dog Lovers and Their Exceptional Animals, and is a professor of humanities at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore. She lives in Baltimore, Maryland, and continues with her weekly reading group at Jessup Correctional Institution.

"Insightful and utterly fascinating ...THE GREAT GRISBY is a rich and enthralling book about the powerful bond between humans and dogs."--Temple Grandin, author of ANIMALS MAKE US HUMAN
"Utterly delightful and beautifully written...the greatest pleasure of this wonderful book is reading about the author's love for Grisby...Her descriptions of the two of them spending the day quietly at home is mesmerizing in its ability to remind us of the simple pleasure of hanging together, dog and person."--Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson, author of BEASTS and DOGS NEVER LIE ABOUT LOVE
"If THE GREAT GRISBY were a meal, it would satisfy (at last) even the hungriest of dogs, and the most discerning of passionate log lovers. No kibble, a feast. I devoured it in one savory bite."--Abigail Thomas, author of A THREE DOG LIFE
"An entertaining literary and historical romp through the world of dogs."--Kirkus Reviews
"In her paeans to her pet, Brottman evokes the joys of dog ownership. ... Avid dog lovers will relish the digressions into literature and history, as well as the assurance that the love between dog and human can be as deep as any other kind of love."--Publishers Weekly
"More than just a collection of fun dog stories, Brottman's book illuminates the symbiotic relationship between people and canines, offering insights into the human condition through the lens of our four-footed friends."--Booklist
"Ranging across a wealth of historical A-List dog lovers-both real and fictional-and their dogs, Brottman employs her training as an Oxford-educated scholar, critic and psychoanalyst to plumb the depths and breadth of this ancient friendship...thought-provoking."--Bark Magazine
"Amazing... If you love animals and are an aficionado of dogs this is a wonderful look at the trials and tribulations of those in the past as they come to terms with the differing personalities of the pets they call their own."--Seattle Post-Intelligencer
"Part history book and part memoir, THE GREAT GRISBY is a fascinating exploration of how dogs have changed people and the world in myriad ways."--Shelf Awareness
"Brottman writes amusingly and often movingly of the relationships between dozens of writers and artists and their canine friends, along the way exploring her own devotion to Grisby, a charismatic if at times bumptious French bulldog...Brottman's research is deep and her storytelling compelling."--Boston Globe
"Filled with marvelous anecdotes and insights, The Great Grisby (named for the author's beloved French bulldog) explores human-dog bonds in history, art, mythology and literature... lively."--New York Times
"A quirky, funny, scholarly romp of a book...chockfull of wonderful trivia and little-known tidbits...There was not one chapter that didn't leave me smiling, laughing, or gasping in amazement."
"Unusual and remarkable...there are] more questions than answers, and yet somehow a sense of understanding, profound understanding, emerges from these queries. It seems to take a dog to bring us to this point of wordless wisdom...Highly recommended."
"A history of smart, important women and men and their dogs...Incredibly touching...any reader who takes the time to put aside dog-book expectations will love it for the way it can both move you and challenge you...a life-affirming book for dog owners."--Baltimore City Paper
"I have read thousands of books in my 81 years and this is the only one that has made me happy...learned, spritely."--The Spectator