Trivia: Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats

  • What Could Have Been: Originally planned (and marketed) as Mr Eliot's Book of Jellicle Cats and Pollicle Dogs as Recounted to Him by the Man in White Spats, with a storyline running through the poems that would end with Jellicles, Pollicles and Man in White Spats all ascending to the Heaviside layer, before Eliot apparently decided mixing cat poems and dog poems was a mistake (although the Pollicles still get a mention in one poem). Some elements of this would be used as the plot of Cats.