Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats, Illustrated Edition

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The basis for the musical phenomenon Cats, this collection of 14 inviting rhymes — the mixture of the real and the impossible, the familiar and the fantastic — make for a set of poems that no child or adult can possibly resist.

Author Biography: T.S. Eliot (1888-1965) recast 20th century English poetry with a whole new vocabulary of technique, giving voice to a bold, vibrantly original Modernist style.  In addition to his poetry, his body of work includes many landmark ...

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Overview

The basis for the musical phenomenon Cats, this collection of 14 inviting rhymes — the mixture of the real and the impossible, the familiar and the fantastic — make for a set of poems that no child or adult can possibly resist.

Author Biography: T.S. Eliot (1888-1965) recast 20th century English poetry with a whole new vocabulary of technique, giving voice to a bold, vibrantly original Modernist style.  In addition to his poetry, his body of work includes many landmark critical essays, as well as plays such as The Cocktail Party and Murder in the Cathedral.  In 1948, he received the Nobel Prize for Literature

Includes "Cat Morgan Introduces Himself," hitherto unpublished in volume form in the United States.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780156685689
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 8/28/1982
  • Edition description: Illustrate
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 64
  • Sales rank: 94,184
  • Lexile: NPL (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.28 (w) x 8.08 (h) x 0.19 (d)

Meet the Author

Thomas Stearns Eliot was born in St Louis, Missouri, in 1888. He moved to England in 1914 and published his first book of poems in 1917. He received the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1948. Eliot died in 1965.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 12, 2014

    Returned

    This book did not turn out to be what my daughter wanted.

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  • Posted April 21, 2010

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    Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats

    Leave it to T.S. Eliot to write a book of poems devoted solely to cats. This tiny little slip of a book reads like something Eliot would have done while teaming up with Roald Dahl. It's light, fun and charming. Don't expect anything deep or proof of Eliot's poetic genius here (as if you couldn't tell by the title). The main reason to buy this is to read a small collection of offbeat poems and enjoy the always admirable artwork of Edward Gorey.

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  • Posted March 13, 2010

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    CAT-tastic!

    After going to see the musical CATS for the first time and finding out what the play was based on, I knew I had to have this little book. My loving husband purchased this for me as a birthday gift and I've read it a couple of times. Admittedly it is a light read. But if one is a cat lover as I am. It's the perfect thing to relax away a few minutes out of the day.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2010

    Whimsey at it's finest!

    Anyone that's ever loved cats will instantly identify with Mr. Elliot's descriptions. And then to see the play is icing on the cake!

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  • Posted September 19, 2009

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    Whimsical, Whisker-ie, Witticisms

    I had to get the book because I sing along with the DVD of the musical CATS! which is based on this book. T.S. Eliott's OLD POSSUM'S BOOK OF PRACTICAL CATS is a collection of poems that really captures the nature of our feline friends and all of their varied characters. From Bustopher Jones and Jennyanydots to the RumTum Tugger and MacCavity and finally Gus and Grizzabella in their old age all the cats here are wonderful to read about, especially on a rainy day, with a littly furry friend cat-napping at your feet.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 24, 2006

    A cat lover's paradise

    Like many other famous writers, T. S. Eliot produced a work, in this case Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats, for children -- although much of the humor is best appreciated by adults. But be you anywhere from six to sixty, this book is witty and entertaining, particularly for cat fanciers, as felines are the subject of poem after poem after poem. After discussing how cats are named, Eliot launches into a series of rollicking verses taking us into the secret world of these inscrutable creatures where fantasy becomes reality. Finally the book ends with a discussion on how a cat is to be addressed. My personal acquaintance with Eliot's poetry dates back to the late 1960's when I read 'The Ad-dressing of Cats' in fourth grade and 'Mr. Mistoffeles' in fifth grade. Little did I know that, years later, I would be captivated by such masterpieces as The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock, The Waste Land, The Hollow Men, Four Quartets and others. I'm getting Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats this Christmas for my grandchildren. How about you?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 22, 2006

    CATS!!!!!!

    Ok I loved the musical cats! If you liked the musical you'll love the book!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 6, 2006

    The Musical

    If you've never heard of the musical cats you must be living in a hole! Baka its a very famous Msuical based on the collection of poems from this book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 26, 2005

    Musical? What musical?

    I haven't seen it, don't plan to. I bought this book just as a collection of cat poetry by a well-know author, and was not disappointed. As a cat lover who is really not into poetry, I was looking to see how well the writer knows his subject, and he does. He has created a cast of characters worthy of any alley or basement. My personal favorite has to be Jennyanydots, who lounges all day, but spends her nights cooking for the mice and teaching them music and crocheting.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 18, 2002

    Very entertaining and cat-like!

    This book is wonderful to curl up with your pet cat and read. I especially appriciate it more so now because I'm learning more about Mr. Eliot, who is a wonderful writer! People who love cats and poetry should read these very well written collections of cats!

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