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Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats

"This book is respectfully dedicated to those friends who have assisted its composition by their encouragement, criticism and suggestions: and in particular to Mr. T.E. Faber, Miss Alison Tandy, Miss Susan Wolcott, Miss Susanna Morley, and the Man in White Spats.

Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats dedication

Today is Respect Your Cat Day (yes, apparently that is a thing). In celebration, enjoy this 1939 first edition of T. S. Eliot’s Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats from the Robert Giroux Book Collection of 20th century American writers.

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Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats cover

Of course, many people best know this work for Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical adaptation, Cats.

The Trailer for CATS – Released in 1998! | Cats the Musical

This book and many more Eliot resources are available for research in the Booth-Bricker Reading Room in Monroe Library’s Special Collections & Archives M-F 9-4:30.

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Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats back cover

Spotlight on Collections: Robert Giroux Book Collection

Today is the 47th anniversary of the death of religious writer, social activist, and Trappist monk, Thomas Merton.

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The intimate Merton : his life from his journals 1st pbk. ed.

Merton (January 31, 1915 – December 10, 1968) wrote on both Eastern and Western religious thought as well as meditations, journals, and essays on social justice and peace. He is considered one of the most important spiritual writers of the 20th Century. Merton’s best-known book is The Seven Storey Mountain, an autobiography about his childhood and subsequent conversion to Catholicism at age 23. Edited my Robert Giroux, this book went on to become a best seller with all Merton’s earnings going to the Gethsemani monastery in New Haven, Kentucky due to his vow of poverty upon entering the order.

Please follow this LINK to look at all the volumes by and about Thomas Merton as included in our Robert Giroux Book Collection.

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Photo: Special Collections and Archives Loyola New Orleans

For an extensive bio on Merton please follow this LINK to the excellent one located at the Poetry Foundation.

This collection is available for research in the Special Collections and Archives Booth-Bricker Reading Room, Monday-Friday from 9:00-4:30.