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Overview (5)

Date of Birth 2 March 1904Springfield, Massachusetts, USA
Date of Death 24 September 1991La Jolla, California, USA  (throat cancer)
Birth NameTheodor Seuss Geisel
Nickname The Kaiser
Height 5' 11" (1.8 m)

Mini Bio (2)

Acclaimed writer Dr. Seuss was born Theodor Geisel in Springfield, Massachusetts on March 2, 1904. After attending Dartmouth College and Oxford University, he began a career in advertising. His advertising cartoons, featuring Quick, Henry, the Flit!, appeared in several leading American magazines. Dr. Seuss' first children's book, And To Think That I Saw It On Mulberry Street, hit the market in 1937, changing the face of children's literature forever. It was rejected 27 times before it was finally published by Vanguard Press in 1937.

Following the war, Geisel and his first wife Helen moved to La Jolla, California, where he wrote and published several children's books in the coming years, including If I Ran the Zoo and Horton Hears a Who! A major turning point in Geisel's career came when, in response to a 1954 Life magazine article that criticized children's reading levels, Houghton Mifflin and Random House asked him to write a children's primer using 220 vocabulary words. The resulting book, The Cat in the Hat, was published in 1957 and was described by one critic as a "tour de force." The success of The Cat in the Hat cemented Geisel's place in children's literature.

In the years that followed, Geisel wrote many more books, both in his new simplified-vocabulary style and using his older, more elaborate technique, and including such favorites as Green Eggs and Ham and How the Grinch Stole Christmas. In 1966, with the help of eminent cartoonist Chuck Jones, The Grinch was adapted into an animated film.

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize in 1984 and three Academy Awards, Seuss overall was the author and illustrator of 44 children's books, some of which have been made into audiocassettes, animated television specials, and videos for children of all ages. Even after his death in 1991, Dr. Seuss continues to be the best-selling author of children's books in the world. Following the death of his first wife Helen Palmer in 1967, Geisel wed 'Audrey Stone', who remained his wife until his death on September 24, 1991 at the age of 87.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Anonymous

Author, composer ("Get-Together Weather"), and artist who was educated at Dartmouth College (BA) at Lincoln College in Oxford, England, UK. He was a major in the US Army during World War II, and wrote and produced informational films. He also served in the ETO as Liaison Officer. He was awarded the Legion of Merit. He was a political cartoonist and an advertising executive, most famously creating numerous campaigns for Standard Oil. Most famously, he wrote and illustrated children's books that included "The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins," "Horton Hatches the Egg," "Yertle the Turtle," "The Cat in the Hat," "One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue FIsh," and "How the Grinch Stole Christmas!"

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Spouse (2)

Audrey Geisel (6 August 1968 - 24 September 1991) (his death)
Helen Palmer (29 November 1927 - 23 October 1967) (her death)

Trade Mark (2)

Verse written in anapestic tetrameter
He expresses his views in social and political issues in his own books (e.g. The Lorax, The Sneetches, The Butter Battle Book, Yertle the Turtle, The Grinch, & Horton Hears a Who).

Trivia (26)

Never had any children of his own.
Before working on the children's books that would make him world famous, he made scuptures of fantastic animals in the form of taxidermist-mounted heads. Some of the creatures' surreal details would later appear in illustrations in his later books.
An unpublished 1973 manuscript for "My Many-Colored Days" had no illustrations. Dr. Seuss wrote what he hoped "a great color artist who will not be dominated by me" would illustrate the book, with a new art style and pattern of thinking. The book was published in 1999 with abstract artwork by Steve Johnson and Lou Fancher.
Two of his works have been translated into Latin: "The Cat in the Hat" ("Cattus Petasatus") and "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" ("Quomodo Invidiosulus Nomine Grinchus Christi Natalem Abrogaverit").
His first children's book, "And To Think That I Saw It On Mulberry Street" (1937), was rejected by over 20 publishers.
Worked as a commercial artist and was known for his humorous spot drawings for many Standard Oil products, most famously Flit bug spray.
In 1942, he was placed in charge of the Animation Division of the Armed Forces Motion Picture unit by Colonel Frank Capra. Under his administration, a series of instructional cartoons featuring the character Private Snafu (an unofficial acronym for "Situation Normal, All [Fouled] Up") were produced from 1942 to 1945. Snafu's concept and name were created by Capra, and the character designed by Arthur Heinemann & Chuck Jones. Interestingly enough, the voice of Pvt. Snafu is none other than Mel Blanc, the voice of most of the characters from the Warner Brothers stable. The cartoons were animated by Warner Bros., United Productions of America (UPA), and Harman-Ising Studios. The films had a unique saltiness to dialog and content (with the occasional "Hell" or "Damn"), but since these were instructional films made for the biweekly "Army-Navy Screen Magazine" newsreel, they were exempt from Hayes Office restrictions. Although uncredited, Seuss wrote a few of the cartoons, since much of the dialog is written in "Seussian" rhyme, and several characters resemble the illustrations from his books. A second series of instructional cartoons for the Navy, featuring Private Snafu's brother, Seaman Tarfu (an acronym for "Things Are Really [Fouled] Up"), was planned, but the end of WWII brought an end to the series, and only one of these shorts was produced. 24 Private Snafu shorts were produced in total.
Attended Oxford University, 1926-1928.
Of his many works, only four could truly be called political. "The Lorax" was an parable on short-sighted exploitation of natural resources, "The Butter Battle Book" was a commentary on the arms race, "The Sneetches" dealt with racism and "Yertle the Turtle" himself was representative of Hitler and the Third Reich.
Was a recluse, spending much of his time alone in his studio.
Seuss (his mother's maiden name) is pronounced to rhyme with "voice." Not with "loose" as it commonly is.
Supposedly wrote "Green Eggs and Ham" on a bet with His publisher, Bennett Cerf to write a book with only 50 words in writing a book.

Published in 1957, "Cat in the Hat" became Dr. Seuss's all-time biggest seller. The following year, Seuss, Cerf, and Cerf's wife, inspired by the books' success, began the Beginner Books series that continues to the present day, with entertaining, elementary-level books by Seuss and other authors.
Pictured on a USA 37¢ commemorative postage stamp, issued 2 march 2004 (100th anniversary of birth). The stamp also depicts six characters created by Seuss: the Cat in the Hat; the Grinch; the Glotz (or the identical Klotz) from the book "Oh Say Can You Say?" and three characters from the book "I Had Trouble in Getting to Solla Sollew," the Skritz, the unnamed "young fellow," and the Skrink.
His Cat in the Hat is shown on a USA 33¢ commemorative postage stamp, in the sheet of stamps commemorating the 1950s in the Celebrate the Century Series, issued 26 May 1999. The inscription reads "Dr. Seuss' The Cat in the Hat".
Received his star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame to commemorate what would have been his 100th birthday. (March 2004)
The University of California, San Diego renamed its main library in 1995 to the Geisel Library in honor of Audrey and Theodor Geisel, both La Jolla residents. The library maintains a 8,500 item collection of the works of Dr. Seuss, with items ranging from 1919 to 1991.
During the early 1940s, he was a political cartoonist for PM, a daily News York newspaper that was noted for its left-wing politics, superior production quality and the fact that it carried no advertising. A book of his political cartoons was published a few years ago.
Biography/bibliography in: "Contemporary Authors." New Revision Series, Vol. 132, pp. 162-167 (as Theodor Seuss Geisel). Farmington Hills, MI: Thomson Gale, 2005.
During World War II, Geisel joined the US Army and was sent to Hollywood. Captain Geisel would write for Frank Capra's Signal Corps Unit (for which he won the Legion of Merit) and do documentaries. Geisel recieved an Academy Award (Oscar) for Best Documentary (Short Subject) in 1945 for his writing and production of the propaganda piece Hitler Lives (1945) (a/k/a Your Job in Germany (1945) and in 1947 for Best Documentary (Feature) for Design for Death (1947)).
As a schoolboy during World War I, his classmates nicknamed him "The Kaiser" due to his German ancestry.
Was a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon national fraternity (New Hampshire Alpha chapter - Dartmouth College).
The music for "The Cat in the Hat Song Book," a book of Seuss-penned lyrics with music for young singers published by Random House, was written by Eugene Poddany.
Wrote "Green Eggs and Ham" on a bet to write a book with 50 words or less.
In the late 1980s, he wanted to get his book "The Cat In The Hat" made into a movie, his choices for the role of the title character were Robin Williams, Steve Martin, John Candy, or Eddie Murphy. In 2003, his book was made into a movie with none of those playing the title character.
Wrote and drew political cartoons in the 1940's.
One night while riding home on a train, Seuss saw a pompous, stuffy-looking man with a hat on his head. Seuss wondered what the man would happen if someone was to knock the hat off his head and then realized the man was so full of himself that another hat would probably appear on his head as a replacement. This inspired Seuss to write "The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins.".

Personal Quotes (24)

I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living, it's a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope and that enables you to laugh at life's realities.
(When asked why he had no children): You keep having kids, I'll keep writing books for them.
Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened.
On the rumors that he disliked children: "Well, like anyone you know, there are good kids and there are creeps. And I like the good ones and I don't like the creeps."
Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind.
If I were invited to a dinner party with my characters, I wouldn't show up.
Today is your day, your mountain is waiting, so get on your way.
From there to here, and here to there, funny things are everywhere.
You're in pretty good shape for the shape you are in.
You can get help from teachers, but you are going to have to learn a lot by yourself, sitting alone in a room.
Today was good. Today was fun. Tomorrow is another one.
How did it get so late so soon? It's night before it's afternoon. December is here before it's June. My goodness how the time has flewn. How did it get so late so soon?
I start drawing, and eventually the characters involve themselves in a situation. Then in the end, I go back and try to cut out most of the preachments.
When at last we are sure, You've been properly pilled, Then a few paper forms, Must be properly filled. So that you and your heirs, May be properly billed.
Preachers in pulpits talked about what a great message is in the book. No matter what you do, somebody always imputes meaning into your books.
Fun is good.
I meant what I said and I said what I meant.
Adults are obsolete children.
A person's a person, no matter how small.
Think left and think right and think low and think high. Oh, the thinks you can think up if only you try!
Maybe Christmas, the Grinch thought, doesn't come from a store.
Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not.
You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you choose. You're on your own, and you know what you know. And you are the guy who'll decide where to go.
Today you are you! That is truer than true! There is no one alive who is you-er than you!

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