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Book Review: Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats by T. S. Eliot - Reviewed by MommyDearest (26 Jul 2011)
I bought this book to share with my 4 year old and 6 year old daughters, and we have loved the update to T. S. Eliot's poetry from Axel Scheffler's familiar illustrations. I was concerned that the characters and old fashioned wording would not be of interest to my girls, however we have loved discussing the meaning of the many unusual words, as well as comparing ourselves to the various cat characters in the poems. The female cats, Lady Grindlebone and Jennyanydots (the Gumbie Cat), are favourites. I recommend this book for anyone wanting to introduce poetry to their young children, and to be able to reminisce on their experiences with the musical Cats.
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. In 1919 Poems was hand-printed by Leonard and Virginia Woolf. His first collection of essays, The Sacred Wood, appeared in 1920. His most famous work, The Waste Land, was published in 1922, the same year as James Joyce's Ulysses.
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