Geisel, Theodor Seuss

Geisel, Theodor Seuss
known as Dr. Seuss

born March 2, 1904, Springfield, Mass., U.S.
died Sept. 24, 1991, La Jolla, Calif.

U.S. writer and illustrator.

He studied at Dartmouth College and did doctoral work at the University of Oxford. He began working in 1927 as a freelance cartoonist, illustrator, and writer. Under his pseudonym, Geisel began creating immensely popular children's books peopled with outlandish invented creatures and brimming with nonsense words. And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street (1937), his first Dr. Seuss book, was followed by such huge successes as Horton Hatches the Egg (1940), The Cat in the Hat (1957), How the Grinch Stole Christmas (1957), Yertle the Turtle (1958), and Green Eggs and Ham (1960). Such perennial best-sellers, and his posthumous Oh, the Places You'll Go! (1993), made him the best-selling children's author in the world.

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▪ American author and illustrator
pseudonym  Doctor Seuss  
born March 2, 1904, Springfield, Mass., U.S.
died Sept. 24, 1991, La Jolla, Calif.

      American writer and illustrator of immensely popular children's books.

      After undergraduate work at Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H., and postgraduate work at Lincoln College, Oxford, and at the Sorbonne, Geisel began working for Life, Vanity Fair, and other publications as an illustrator and humorist. After service in the army during World War II, Geisel went into advertising for a time, was made an editorial cartoonist for PM newspaper in New York City, and eventually in 1958 founded Beginner Books, Inc., which in 1960 became a division of Random House.

      Geisel's books were valued not only for their unique brand of humour but also for their contribution to the education of children. The books coined new nonsense words and animal characters that went far beyond the traditional primers. They include And To Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street (1937), Horton Hatches the Egg (1940), How the Grinch Stole Christmas (1957), The Cat in the Hat (1957), Green Eggs and Ham (1960), and The Lorax (1971).

      Geisel also made documentary films; Hitler Lives (1946) and Design for Death (1947, with his wife Helen Palmer Geisel [d. 1967]), both won Academy Awards. His animated cartoon Gerald McBoing Boing (1951) also won an Academy Award. He designed and produced animated cartoons for television, many of them based on his books. From 1948, Geisel lived in La Jolla, Calif., where he annually conducted a children's workshop at the La Jolla Museum of Art.

Additional Reading
Judith Morgan and Neil Morgan, Dr. Seuss & Mr. Geisel: A Biography (1995).

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