Writer and cartoonist Dr. Seuss (pseudonym of Theodor Seuss Geisel) was born on March 2, 1904, in Springfield, Massachusetts.
In Springfield his father was overseeing forest park, a setting that surely inspired future Dr. Seuss in the creation of several of his characters.
Geisel studied at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire, and later attended Lincoln College in Oxford, England for several years.
In these university eras he began to disseminate his first texts and drawings.
In 1927 he married Helen Palmer (born 1898), an actress and writer who committed suicide in 1967.
Ten years after the wedding to Helen, Dr. Seuss published his first children’s book, “And Think That I Saw It On Mulberry Street” (1937).
He had previously published his first texts in prestigious magazines such as “Vanity Fair” or “Life”.
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A specialist in children’s books (curiously Seuss never had children), his stories were usually written in poetry and sometimes consciously employing a limited number of words.
They are all notable for their imaginative plots and characters.
Apart from these children’s stories, Geisel was an important cartoonist who shone both as an illustrator, as a publicity creator or as a political cartoonist.
He also worked as a screenwriter, going on to write with his wife Helen the Oscar-winning documentary directed by Richard Fleischer “Design for Death” (1947).
His most popular literary works, several of them brought to the cinema and many to television, were edited in the 1950s and 1960s, decades in which he published “Horton listens to Who” (1954), “El Gato Garabato” (1957), a book also known as “El Gato Ensombrerado”, “Like El Grinch Stole Christmas” (1957), “Green Eggs with Ham” (1960) , RedFish, Blue Fish” (1960). Theodor Seuss Geisel died of cancer on September 24, 1991. He left his second wife, Audrey Stone (born 1921), whom he married in 1968 and whom he lived in La Jolla, California. He was 87 years old.
Throughout his career, cartoonist and writer Dr. Seuss published more than 60 books. His children’s books such as ‘The Cat in the Hat’ and ‘Green Eggs and Ham’ were some of his most famous works.
Theodor Seuss Geisel (March 2, 1904 – September 24, 1991), better known by his pseudonym Dr. Seuss, was a writer and cartoonist who published more than 60 books.
He published his first children’s book, And Think I Saw It on Mulberry Street, under the name Dr. Seuss in 1937.
Then came a number of best sellers, including The Cat in the Hat and Green Eggs and Ham. Its rhymes and characters are loved by generations.
Dr. Seuss Books
Throughout his career, Dr. Seuss published more than 60 books. Some of his best-known works include How the Grinch Stole Christmas, The Cat in the Hat, Green Eggs and Ham, Dr. Seuss’s ABC, The Lorax, Horton Hears a Who, Are You My Mother, Fox in Socks, One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish and Oh the Places You’ll Go.
Dr. Seuss’s first book
Dr. Seuss’s first book, and to think that I saw him on Mulberry Street, was rejected 27 times before it was finally published by Vanguard Press in 1937.
The Cat in the Hat’ (1957)
A major turning point in Geisel’s career came when, in response to a 1954 LIFE magazine article criticizing children’s reading levels, Houghton Mifflin and Random House asked him to write a children’s manual using 220 vocabulary words. The resulting book, The Cat in the Hat, was published in 1957 and was described by a critic as a “tour de force”. The success of The Cat in the Hat consolidated Geisel’s place in children’s literature.
How the Grinch Stole Christmas’ (1957)
“Everyone who lived in Who-ville really liked Christmas… but the Grinch, who lived north of Who-ville, did not! For 53 years, the Grinch has lived in a cave on the mountainside. This tale, in which the citizens of Who-ville warm the Grinch with the spirit of Christmas, encourages young readers to do their own good deeds. The book was successful in the 1950s and 1960s, but became an instant Christmas classic when it was released in 1966 as a cartoon special made for television.