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The Cats of Copenhagen

The Cats of Copenhagen
1st edition cover
Author James Joyce
Illustrator Casey Sorrow
Language English
Genre Children's fiction
Publisher Ithys Press
Publication date
Media type Print (hardback)
Pages 40 pages

"The Cats of Copenhagen" is a posthumously-published short story written by Irish author James Joyce and illustrated by American artist Casey Sorrow. Written in 1936 for his grandson Stephen James Joyce, it was not published until 2012, when Joyce's work entered the public domain in certain jurisdictions.[1]


The story describes the city of Copenhagen, Denmark, where "things are not as they seem", and is critical of "fat cats" and other authority figures.


Ithys Press published their fine arts edition of The Cats of Copenhagen in January 2012.[2] This edition features original pen and ink illustrations by Casey Sorrow,[3][4] letterpress typeset by Michael Caine,[5] and handmade paper marbling and binding of Christopher Rowlatt.[6]

The publication attracted controversy, as the Zürich James Joyce Foundation's Fritz Senn expressed disappointment that the script of The Cats of Copenhagen had been copied from a letter held at the Foundation without consultation or discussion.[7][8][9][10][11][12]

Print Editions

Title Language Publisher Publish Date ISBN Illustrator
The Cats of Copenhagen English Ithys Press January 2012[2] 9780957068414 Casey Sorrow
The Cats of Copenhagen English Simon & Schuster (Scribner) October 16, 2012[13] 9781476708942 Casey Sorrow
I gatti di Copenhagen Italian Giunti Editore October 24, 2012[14] 9788809777675 Casey Sorrow
ΟΙ ΓΑΤΕΣ ΤΗΣ ΚΟΠΕΓΧΑΓΗΣ Greek Psichogios Publications October 30, 2012[15] 9789604969852 Casey Sorrow
Koebenhavnerkatte Danish Gyldendal November 2012[16] 9788702132953 Casey Sorrow
Mačke Kopenhagena Croatian Edicije Božičević 2013[17] 9789536751846 Casey Sorrow
Die Katzen von Kopenhagen German Carl Hanser Verlag July 2013[18] 9783446241596 Wolf Erlbruch
哥本哈根的貓 Chinese Chein Hsing Publishing September 2013[19] 9789866798719 Casey Sorrow
Los gatos de Copenhague Spanish Editorial Losada September 2013[20] 9789500399708 Casey Sorrow
De Katten Van Kopenhagen Dutch Hoogland & Van Klaveren October 2013[21] 9789089671394 Wolf Erlbruch
O kočkách a Kodani Czech Albatros Media October 23, 2013[22] 9788000033099 Casey Sorrow
Les chats de Copenhague French Grasset & Fasquelle November 2013[23] 9782246801115 Casey Sorrow


  1. ^ "Copyright Status of Currently Unpublished Material", International James Joyce Foundation.
  2. ^ a b "James Joyce children's story The Cats of Copenhagen gets first publication", Ithys Press
  3. ^ "Art Odyssey". ImagineFX (82): p.22. May 2012. 
  4. ^ "Casey Sorrow and his Cats", Ithys Press
  5. ^ "Michael Caine, book artist", Ithys Press
  6. ^ "Christopher Rowlatt – taking the stylus for a walk", Ithys Press
  7. ^ Alison Flood, "James Joyce children's story The Cats of Copenhagen gets first publication", The Guardian, 9 February 2012
  8. ^ Sophie Douez, "New Joyce book creates controversy in Zurich", Swiss Broadcasting Corporation, 17 March 2012
  9. ^ Florence Waters, "James Joyce's children's story sparks publishing row", The Telegraph, 10 February 2012
  10. ^ "James Joyce children's book sparks feud", BBC News, 10 February 2012
  11. ^ Deidre Wengen, "Publication of a James Joyce children's story causes controversy", PhillyBurbs, 14 February 2012
  12. ^ Terence Killeen, "Joyce children's story published in Dublin to dismay in Zürich", Irish Times, 8 February 2012
  13. ^ "The Cats of Copenhagen", Simon & Schuster
  14. ^ "I gatti di Copenhagen", Giunti Editore
  15. ^ "ΟΙ ΓΑΤΕΣ ΤΗΣ ΚΟΠΕΓΧΑΓΗΣ", Psichogios Publications
  16. ^ "Koebenhavnerkatte", Gyldendal
  17. ^ "Mačke Kopenhagena", Edicije Božičević
  18. ^
  19. ^ "哥本哈根的貓", Chein Hsing Publishing
  20. ^ "O kočkách a Kodani", Editorial Losada
  21. ^ "De Katten Van Kopenhagen", Hoogland & Van Klaveren
  22. ^ "O kočkách a Kodani", Albatros Media
  23. ^ "Les chats de Copenhague", Grasset & Fasquelle
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