WEFOUNDT.S. Eliot: A Collection of Criticism (Contemporary Studies in Literature)


Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats (1939) is a collection of whimsical poems by T. S. Eliot about feline psychology and sociology , published by Faber and Faber . It is the basis for the musical Cats .

Eliot wrote the poems in the 1930s, and included them, under his assumed name "Old Possum", in letters to his godchildren. They were collected and published in 1939, with cover illustrations by the author, and quickly re-published in 1940, illustrated in full by Nicolas Bentley . They have also been published in versions illustrated by Edward Gorey (1982) and Axel Scheffler (2009).

The contents of Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats , along with the names of the featured cats where appropriate, are:

The blurb on the back of the book: From the hundreds of books and articles written on T. S. Eliot, Hugh Kenner has made selections which document the assimilation of Eliot's poetry over the past forty years. Discussions are here presented of Eliot's chief works, with each critical viewpoint illustrated at length. Every aspect of his activity as poet, playwright, critic, and personality is touched upon.

Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats (1939) is a collection of whimsical poems by T. S. Eliot about feline psychology and sociology , published by Faber and Faber . It is the basis for the musical Cats .

Eliot wrote the poems in the 1930s, and included them, under his assumed name "Old Possum", in letters to his godchildren. They were collected and published in 1939, with cover illustrations by the author, and quickly re-published in 1940, illustrated in full by Nicolas Bentley . They have also been published in versions illustrated by Edward Gorey (1982) and Axel Scheffler (2009).

The contents of Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats , along with the names of the featured cats where appropriate, are: