Who is Dr. Seuss?

Posted Feb 26, 2016

In anticipation for our Seuss Celebration tomorrow, this week’s #FridayReads take a closer look at Dr. Seuss, the man who created unforgettable characters, worlds, and stories.

Dr. Seuss & Mr. Geisel: A Biography by Judith and Neil Morgan

Over an eighty-seven year lifespan, Theodor Geisel, a.k.a. Dr. Seuss, published forty-seven well known children’s books full of memorable characters, quirky rhymes, and subtle philosophical reflections.  With over 600 million copies sold and translated in over twenty languages, Dr. Seuss utilizes playfulness, mischief, love, and hope to influence how children read.  But who was Dr. Seuss?  In this captivating biography, Judith and Neil Morgan use personal insights, letters, and interviews to shed more light on Ted Geisel and his creative process.  Spending most of his life as a recluse and keeping his personal affairs private, the Morgans tell the touching and fascinating story of a literary genius. 

Dr. Seuss from Then to Now: A Catalogue of the Retrospective Exhibition organized by the San Diego Museum of Art

Theodor Geisel, the man behind the Dr. Seuss name, has brought many characters and stories to life for both children and adults.  His sixty-year career continues to span over four generations of readers who relish in the whimsical, silly rhymes that unmistakably capture the mindset and spirit of childhood.  Dr. Seuss from Then to Now features Geisel’s work as a cartoonist and illustrator.  From editor-in-chief of Dartmouth’s Jack-o-Lantern to the legendary The Cat in the Hat, Geisel had an eclectic career.  For instance, did you know that Geisel drew advertisements and political cartoons?  In fact, Quick, Henry, the Flit is the first major advertising campaign done completely with cartoons.  Take a closer look at Dr. Seuss’ work through this retrospective catalogue and you’re sure to learn a thing or two.


Dr. Seuss: Best-Loved Author by Carin T. Ford

Welcome to the wacky world of Theodor Giesel, the man who created many memorable books such as Green Eggs and Ham and Fox in Socks.  Many of us know him as Dr. Seuss, and this informative biography illustrates the life and times of one of our most beloved cartoonists.  Rejected by twenty-nine publishers and lacking a formal art education, Geisel struggled before making his big break with The Cat in the Hat, written specifically to help children learn to read.  From there his career skyrocketed, and we still honor him today.  With information ranging from his early childhood to his final days, this Dr. Seuss life adventure is suitable for both adults and children alike.      

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