YOUNG WORLD

Whimsical feline poems

Compiled by SUBHASH JEYAN

Unpublished letters by T.S. Eliot that were revealed for the first time recently, show how he may have written his whimsical feline poems, later to become Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats, to entertain his favourite godson. The letters were sent to his first godson, Tom Faber, a scion of the Faber & Faber publishing dynasty, when he was a small child. Put up for sale by Dr. Elisabeth Faber, Tom's widow, the collection will be auctioned by Bonhams on September 20. The letters are dated 1930 to 1936 and contain embryonic verses and references to cats, which later became known to a wider public through the book that was published in 1939.