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Dr. Seuss the Greatest Children's Writer Ever Known

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Dr. Seuss was well loved by the children who read his books. Dr. Seuss was more popular than Mother Goose.

Theodor Seuss Geisel, better know as Dr. Seuss, was born March 2, 1904 and passed away from throat cancer on September 24, 1991. He was born in Springfield, Massachusetts. His other pen names were Theo LeSieg (Geisel spelled backwards) and wrote one book under the name Rosetta Stone. Dr. Seuss was a political writer and cartoonist and most famous for his children’s books. He wrote over 60 books and of those 44 were children’s. His first book, “And to Think That I Saw it on Mulberry Street”, was rejected 27 times before being published.

In college at Dartmouth he became editor-in-chief of Jack-O-Lantern but was asked to resign after getting caught drinking gin in his room with nine other boys which was a serious issue due to prohibition laws. Instead he continued to write under the guise of Seuss which would later become Dr. Seuss. He met and married Helen Palmer in 1927 and began illustrating as his main source of income with Helen’ encouragement. She became a children’s author and book editor so she was in touch with his abillities.

Before he wrote children’s books for a living he was an illustrator for ad campaigns for Flit, Standard Oil, General Electric and NBC. He created political cartoons for PM, worked for a humor magazine Judge with his weekly feature “Birdies & Beasties”. He submitted art and illustrations to such big-time magazines as

The Saturday Evening Post, Life, Vanity Fair and Liberty.

In 1942 he was drawing posters for the Treasury Department and War Production Board. In 1943 he joined the Army where he created films. He worked for the Animation Department and his film “Design for Death” won the 1947 Academy Award for documentary feature. He also drew over 400 political cartoons for a New York City daily newspaper called PM. These were later published in a book titled “Dr. Seuss Goes to War.” He frequently condemned Hitler and Mussolini and was openly critical of Lindbergh for his stance regarding the U.S. going to war, which Seuss supported the U.S. in the war. Some of his cartoons were racist in nature toward the Japanese, however he was very anti racist when it came to Jews and blacks.

After the war they moved to LaJolla, CA and he returned to writing his children’s books. He loved the political side but he was very talented in his ability to get in tune with children, even though he had none of his own. Helen was suffering from cancer and the trauma of Seuss’ affair with Audrey Stone Diamond and on October 23, 1967 she committed suicide. Seuss then remarried Stone on June 21, 1968. To this day she is still his biggest supporter and protector of his legacy.

In his career he wrote 4 of the 10 best selling children’s books of all time. They were “The Cat in the Hat”, “Green Eggs and Ham”, One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish”, and “Hop on Pop”. In 1966 he made a cartoon version of “The Grinch Who Stole Christmas”. There probably isn’t a person alive today who hasn’t been touched by Dr. Seuss in one form or another. Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss Dr. Seuss you are just as loved as Mother Goose.

 

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