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T. S. Eliot - Author

About the Author

Thomas Stearns Eliot (1888-1965) was born in St. Louis, Missouri, of an old New England family. He was educated at Harvard and did graduate work in philosophy at the Sorbonne, Harvard, and Merton College, Oxford. He settled in England in 1915, where he was for a time a schoolmaster and a bank clerk, and eventually literary editor for the publishing house Faber & Faber, of which he later became a director.

He published his first book of poems in 1917.

He founded and, during the seventeen years of its publication (1922-1939), edited the exclusive and influential literary journal Criterion. In 1927, Eliot became a British citizen and about the same time entered the Anglican Church.

Eliot received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1948.

Featured books by T. S. Eliot

Other books by T. S. Eliot

Old Possum's Book of Practical CATS Cats Movie Tie-in

Old Possum's Book of Practical CATS Cats Movie Tie-in

Author: T. S. Eliot Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/11/2019

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 and is now a film starring Taylor Swfit, Idris Elba, Judi Dench, Ian McKellen, Rebel Wilson, Jennifer Hudson, Jason Derulo, Francesca Hayward and James Corden. With illustrations by Rebecca Ashdown.

Cat Morgan

Cat Morgan

Author: T. S. Eliot Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/03/2019

I once was a Pirate what sailed the 'igh seas- But now I've retired as a com-mission-aire: And that's how you find me a-takin' my ease And keepin' the door in a Bloomsbury Square. Join Cat Morgan, the swashbuckling pirate as he sails the Barbary Coast in this sixth picture book pairing from Arthur Robins and T. S. Eliot's Old Possum Cats.

Mungojerrie and Rumpelteazer

Mungojerrie and Rumpelteazer

Author: T. S. Eliot Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/01/2018

Mungojerrie and Rumpelteazer were a very notorious couple of cats. As knockabout clowns, quick-change comedians, tight-rope walkers and acrobats. And when you heard a dining-room smash Then the family would say: 'It's that horrible cat! It was Mungojerrie! and Rumpelteazer!' - And there's nothing at all to be done about that! Join the cat-burglars Mungojerrie and Rumpleteazer in the fifth picture-book pairing from Arthur Robins and T. S. Eliot's Old Possum's cats, as they steal meat from the oven and pearls from the drawers.

Macavity's Not There! A Lift-the-Flap Book

Macavity's Not There! A Lift-the-Flap Book

Author: T. S. Eliot Format: Board book Release Date: 06/04/2017

Beautifully illustrated by Arthur Robins and with an appeal extending beyond Eliot fans, Macavity's Not There! will sit alongside classic lift-the-flap books such as Where's Spot? and Dear Zoo.

Jellicle Cats

Jellicle Cats

Author: T. S. Eliot Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/02/2017

Jellicle Cats come one and all. Jellicles come to the Jellicle Ball. Join the Jellicle Cats under the Jellicle Moon in the forth picture-book pairing from Arthur Robins and T. S. Eliot's Old Possum's cats, as they dance the night away. To sit alongside other classics such as The Gruffalo, The Tiger Who Came to Tea, and Spot.

Macavity's Not There! A Lift-the-Flap Book

Macavity's Not There! A Lift-the-Flap Book

Author: T. S. Eliot Format: Hardback Release Date: 22/06/2016

Young readers will love searching for Macavity, the Mystery Cat in this fun and witty lift-the-flap book, based on one of the most famous of all T. S. Eliot's cats. Beautifully illustrated by Arthur Robins and with an appeal extending beyond Eliot fans, Macavity's Not There! will sit alongside classic lift-the-flap books such as Where's Spot? and Dear Zoo.

Skimbleshanks The Railway Cat

Skimbleshanks The Railway Cat

Author: T. S. Eliot Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/11/2015

We must find him or the train can't start! All aboard as Skimbleshanks, the Railway Cat, stars in the third picture-book pairing from Arthur Robins and T. S. Eliot's Old Possum's cats, set on the Night Mail train where Skimble won't let anything go wrong. To sit alongside other classics such as The Gruffalo, The Tiger Who Came to Tea, and Spot.

Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats Illustrated by Edward Gorey

Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats Illustrated by Edward Gorey

Author: T. S. Eliot Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/08/2015

A stunning new gift edition of this much-loved classic, with the celebrated black-and-white illustrations by Edward Gorey. Cats! Some are sane, and some are mad. Some are good, and some are bad . . . The whimsical 1982 Old Possum's illustrations have been lovingly restored and are showcased in this beautiful new poetry edition, perfect for children and Eliot aficionados alike. These lovable cat poems were written by T. S. Eliot for his godchildren and continue to delight children and grown-ups. The collection inspired the musical Cats!, and features Macavity, Mr Mistofelees and Growltiger!

Mr Mistoffelees The Conjuring Cat

Mr Mistoffelees The Conjuring Cat

Author: T. S. Eliot Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/04/2015

Was there ever A cat so clever As magical Mr. Mistoffelees! Following Arthur Robins' criticallly acclaimed picture book of Macavity (already sold 10k) he turns his attentions to the magical Mr. Mistoffelees with delightfully hilarious results. Perfect for ages 3+, children (and parents) will love reading aloud about the Original Conjuring Cat. To sit alongside other classics such as The Gruffalo, The Tiger Who Came to Tea, and Spot.

Macavity The Mystery Cat

Macavity The Mystery Cat

Author: T. S. Eliot Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/05/2014

'Macavity' (the mystery cat!) is one of the best-loved poems from T. S. Eliot's Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats - the inspiration for Cats: The Musical - beloved by generations of children and their parents. Now, Macavity is given a new life in this stunning picture book with illustrations from Arthur Robins that perfectly convey all the wit and humour of Eliot's creation. To sit alongside other classics such as The Gruffalo, The Tiger Who Came to Tea, and Spot.

Macavity The Mystery Cat

Macavity The Mystery Cat

Author: T. S. Eliot Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/05/2014

'Macavity' (the mystery cat!) is one of the best-loved poems from T. S. Eliot's Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats - the inspiration for Cats: The Musical - beloved by generations of children and their parents. Now, Macavity is given a new life in this stunning picture book with illustrations from Arthur Robins that perfectly convey all the wit and humour of Eliot's creation. To sit alongside other classics such as The Gruffalo, The Tiger Who Came to Tea, and Spot.

Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats with illustrations by Rebecca Ashdown

Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats with illustrations by Rebecca Ashdown

Author: T. S. Eliot Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/02/2014

'The cat himself knows and will never confess...' To celebrate Old Possum's 75th anniversary we have commissioned lively new illustrations from Rebecca Ashdown for T. S. Eliot's original book of Practical Cats. Featuring Macavity, the Mystery Cat; Mr Mistofelees, the Original Conjuring Cat; Mungojerrie and Rumpelteazer and all the gang, this is a must for every child's bookshelf and is a great companion to the Andrew Lloyd Webber stage show.

Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats

Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats

Author: T. S. Eliot Format: Hardback Release Date: 05/09/2013

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. This charming new edition contains original colour illustrations by the award-winning illustrator of The Gruffalo, Axel Scheffler.

Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats

Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats

Author: T. S. Eliot Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 07/10/2010

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.

Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats

Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats

Author: T. S. Eliot Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/10/2010

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. This charming new edition contains original colour illustrations by the award-winning illustrator of The Gruffalo, Axel Scheffler.

Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats (Children's Classics)

Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats (Children's Classics)

Author: T. S. Eliot Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/04/2001

First published in 1939, 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. Celebrated American artist Edward Gorey applies his distinctively charming and mischievous touch to the illustrations for this wise and witty collection of poems.

Eliot: Murder in the Cathedral

Eliot: Murder in the Cathedral

Author: T. S. Eliot Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 31/08/1993

Part of a series of literature guides designed for GCSE and A Level coursework requirements, this book contains details on T.S. Eliot, background to Murder in the Cathedral, summaries of the text, critical commentaries, analysis of characterization, and sample questions with guideline answers.

Murder in the Cathedral

Murder in the Cathedral

Author: T. S. Eliot Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/01/1973

Professor Coghill was invited to prepare this annotated edition of Murder in the Cathedral by Eliot himself, and he approved his introduction. Coghill discusses Eliot's subject matter, and the play's importance in his oeuvre. Forty pages of notes elucidate textual difficulties, and include a valuable discussion of some wider issues. The references to the production of the play in the theatre are of great interest. There are three appendices on the historical context; on the metre of Everyman, which influenced the versification of Murder in the Cathedral; and on Tennyson's poetic drama Beckett, which offers a striking contrast to Eliot's treatment of the subject.

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