Poet, dramatist, literary critic, editor Thomas Stearns Eliot is widely acknowledged as being one of the finest writers of the twentieth century. Author of some of the best-loved poems in the English language as well as plays such as Murder in the Cathedral and The Cocktail Party, he was awarded The Nobel Prize in Literature in 1948. The Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats can safely be classed as perhaps his lightest piece of work. ‘Old Possum’ was Ezra Pound’s nickname for him. If you’ve ever been to see Cats by Andrew Lloyd Webber, you’ll know the impact this volume of poetry has had on the world.