April 4, 2014
Throughout Dr. Seuss’s life, he has written dozens of books with over one hundred million copies sold, and still being produced to this day. Theodor Seuss Geisel is a well-known author that had many inspirations for his works that are still read by millions today, such as Yertle the Turtle, The Sneeches, How the Grinch Stole Christmas. His inevitable fame and fortune came with a lot of pressure; pressure of his readers as well as pressure of his producers.
Dr. Seuss was born in Springfield, MA on March 2, 1904 as Theodor Seuss Geisel (Dr. Seuss At Work). He attended Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire. He did his undergraduate work at Dartmouth; postgraduate, Oxford and Sorbonne( SV DO or C; S, DO or C) (Geisel, Theodor Seuss). Seuss became the editor-in-chief for Dartmouth’s Jack-o-lantern, the college’s humor magazine. It was now when he started signing his works with the pseudonym, Dr. Seuss. After his studies became too much to handle, he quit college and toured around Europe. When he returned home he began pursuing a career in cartooning (All About Dr. Seuss). He illustrated a collection of children’s saying called Boners. These sayings were not a huge success. He pushed for his original book, To Think I Saw it on Mulberry Street to be published seventeen times.
Around the time where World War II came around, he felt the need to help. Since he was of a too old of age for recruiting, he illustrated training movies for soldiers. This is where he was introduced to the art of animation and where he created a trainee named Private Snafu (All About Dr. Seuss).
“Geisel found his niche churning out tales of the weird and the whimsical, populating them with squawking fish and top-hatted cats.” Very few children’s writers could do what Seuss did; tickling the funny bone of a four-year-old (SV;SV). His career all began by him drawing cartoon for magazines (La Ferle). He worked for Life, Vanity Fair, and other publications as an illustrator and humorist, as he did at Dartmouth (Geisel, Theodor Seuss). Seuss spent countless hours writing and drawing each day (Dr. Seuss at Work). By the late 1950’s, he was producing nearly two children’s books a year (La Ferle). His lifetime honors include two academy awards, two Emmy awards, one Peabody award, one Pulitzer Prize (A, B, C, D). Some of his awarded works include Hitler Lives (1946), Design for Death (1947) and Gerald McBoing Boing (1951) (Geisel, Theodor Seuss).
His father was a brewer who ran a zoo during the prohibition. The zoo unquestionably provided Seuss with inspiration (La Ferle). His mother, Henrietta, and sister, Marnie, also played a great role in his books later in life. In 1967, he married an old colleague and friend, Audrey Stone Geisel (All About Dr. Seuss). Surprisingly enough, Seuss never had kids of his own (La Ferle) He once said in an interview, “You make them, I’ll write for them.” (Moje, E.B., Shyo).