Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats by T. S. Eliot and Axel Scheffler |
Publisher : Faber & Faber; Main edition (7 Oct. 2010)
Paperback : 72 pages
ISBN-10 : 0571252486
ISBN-13 : 978-0571252480
Reading age : 7 – 10 years
A stunning new edition of T. S. Eliot’s beloved cat poems Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats, containing beautiful original colour illustrations by Axel Scheffler.
Cats! Some are sane, some are mad and some are good and some are bad.
Meet magical Mr Mistoffelees, sleepy Old Deuteronomy and curious Rum Tum Tugger. But you’ll be lucky to meet Macavity because Macavity’s not there!
In 1925 T.S. Eliot became co-director of Faber & Faber, who remain his publishers to this day. Throughout the 1930s he composed the now famous poems about Macavity, Old Deuteronomy, Mr Mistoffelees and many other cats, under the name of ‘Old Possum’. In 1981 Eliot’s poems were set to music by Andrew Lloyd Webber as Cats which went on to become the longest-running Broadway musical in history.
‘If cats, witchy or not, are your child’s thing don’t miss the new Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats.’ The Times
‘A lovely edition of an old favourite . . . it will be enjoyed again and again.’ Carousel
‘Classic cat poems . . . are given a delightful new look.’ LoveReading4Kids
Thomas Stearns Eliot was born in St Louis, Missouri in 1888. He was educated at Harvard, at the Sorbonne in Paris, and at Merton College, Oxford. His early poetry was profoundly influenced by the French symbolists, especially Baudelaire and Laforgue. In his academic studies he specialised in philosophy and logic. His doctoral thesis was on F. H. Bradley.
He settled in England in 1915, the year in which he married Vivienne Haigh-Wood and also met his contemporary Ezra Pound for the first time. After teaching for a year or so he joined Lloyds Bank in the City of London in 1917, the year in which he published his first volume, Prufrock and Other Observations.