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Summary Article: Seuss, Dr
from Chambers Biographical Dictionary

pseudonym of

Theodor Seuss Geisel

1904-91

US children's author and illustrator

Born in Springfield, Massachusetts, he graduated from Dartmouth College, New Hampshire, in 1925, and after graduate study at Oxford became a freelance cartoonist and illustrator. And to Think that I Saw it on Mulberry Street (1937) was the first of his many children's books, which are characterized by their engaging rhymed narratives and their imaginative, almost anarchic illustrations of animal characters that have been described as "boneless wonders". Set in a bizarre world that manages to be both crazy and surreal, his immensely popular stories include The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins (1938), If I Ran the Zoo (1950) and Green Eggs and Ham (1960). His story How the Grinch Stole Christmas (1957) was made into an animated television cartoon and has twice been made into a film (1957 and 2000), and he also wrote the screenplay for the cartoon Gerald McBoing Boing (1950), which won an Academy Award. In 1957 he began to write and draw a series of "Beginner Books", intended to help teach reading, for Random House, starting with The Cat in the Hat (1958) and Yertle the Turtle (1958). By 1970, 30 million copies had been sold in the USA and Seuss had become synonymous with learning to read. He also wrote a bestselling book for adults, You're Only Old Once! (1986).

  • Stoffer, M, Dr Seuss From Then to Now (1986).
© Chambers Harrap Publishers Ltd 2011

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