Posted on December 16, 2019 at 2:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

The movie adaptation of the musical Cats — itself based on a TS Eliot poem — hits theaters this week.

And while the focus may be on the film’s campiness and special effects, the original poem’s roots aren’t exactly light and cheery.

Kathryn Hughes explains, in the Guardian, what each era’s interest in Cats — from Eliot’s conception of it to the latest incarnation — reveals about society’s overall atmosphere.

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