Poetry, first published in 1939.
This edition, with drawings by Edward Gorey, published in 1982.
Faber and Faber, hardback, 58 p.
T. S. Eliot's collection of cat poems, written originally to amuse his godchildren and friends, has become one of the all-time favourites of children's literature. Suitable for all ages, the poems continue to delight and were the inspiration for Andrew Lloyd Webber's brilliant musical Cats. For this edition, cult American artist Edward Gorey applies his distinctively charming and mischievous touch to illustrations for this wise and witty collection.What fun! After my failure to get through Ariel by Sylvia Plath, I’m glad I could find some poetry to enjoy. Sure these are technically classified as children’s poems but they were simply a joy to read and the illustrations by Edward Gorey were a perfect combination. And now that I've read these, maybe I’ll even try some of his more serious poetry one of these days.
We did see the musical Cats when we visited Edinburgh a few years ago and I do so wish now that I’d read all the poems before seeing it. The only one I’d read before was The Naming of Cats, from which our Sir Bailey gets his name. Of them all, I do think the poem of the clever, mysterious Macavity is my favourite but they all made me smile. The story of the real cat that has been nicknamed Macavity, after the poem, is also quite cute. (Read the article here). You can read all the poems online here, but without the drawings of course. Recommended for all cat lovers and perhaps even for those who ... shh…prefer dogs.
My Rating: 4/5
(#18 for 2008, What's in a Name Challenge - Animal #3)