Theodor Seuss Geisel was born on March 2, 1904 in Springfield, Massachusetts. To Theodor Robert Geisel and Henrietta Seuss Geisel. His father was a successful brewmaster. All of his grandparents were German immigrants. His father managed the family brewery and later was a supervisor of Springfield’s public park system. The family brewery was closed because of the Prohibition his father had to get a different job he got the park system job from the mayor of Springfield, Massachusetts John A. Denison.
Then Geisel left home at age 18 to attend Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire. When he was there he was editor in chief for the college’s humor magazine named Jack-O-Lantern. One night when he was in his dorm he and some of his friends were caught drinking in their dorm room in violation of the Prohibition law. For that he was kicked off the magazine staff but he continued to write for it under the name “Seuss”.
When he graduated from Dartmouth College in 1925 after that he attended Lincoln College at Oxford.
When he was at oxford he met Helen Palmer then she became his wife in 1927. She persuaded him to give up on becoming an English teacher and to focus more on drawing more as a career. He left Oxford without a degree returned to the United States in February 1927. He immediately started publishing and working on books and drawings. Seuss was a perfectionist when he was writing a book he would throw away 95% of his work. His first book that he had published was called “And to Think I Saw It On Mulberry Street”. It was his first childrens book he wrote and illustrated it was published in 1937 after it being rejected 27 times it was finally published by the Vanguard Press. With that publication he started to use his pen name “Dr. Seuss”. Before he would use many other pen names like Dr. Theophrastus Seuss,Theo LeSieg, and Rosetta Stone.
When he returned to United States Seuss decided to do cartooning full-time and his articles and illustrations were published in numerous magazines, including LIFE and Vanity Fair. A cartoon that he published in the July 1927 issue of The Saturday Evening Post, his first using the pen name "Seuss," landed him a staff position at the New York weekly Judge.
He then worked for...