I originally posted this back in September 2019…and have decided to bring it back to the forefront. I’ve also decided to do a “banned books” page. I will be updating this and the other two posts I did on Dr Seuss, plus adding to it. This post is more on the fun/interesting level. In this post, I do touch a little on the politics of Dr. Seuss, but not so much. Kind of like an “introduction”, if you will.
Hope you enjoy!
originally posted Sept 9, 2019
Theodore Geisel adopted the name “Dr. Seuss” as an undergraduate at Dartmouth College and as a graduate student at Lincoln College, Oxford. He started his illustration career at Vanity Fair, Life, and various other places. He worked as an illustrator for various ad campaigns and as a political cartoonist for the New York newspaper, PM.(wikipedia)
In 1939, The Seven Lady Godivas: The True Facts Concerning History’s Barest Family featured semi-nude drawings of women. It wasn’t successful, something Dr. Seuss puts down to his being unable to draw the ladies “sexy” enough.
He tried the adult audience again in 1986 with You’re Only Old Once, which joked about all the things that happen as we reach old age.
Dr. Seuss never had biological children: His first wife was unable to bear kids and his second already had two from a previous relationship. Ironically enough, he was actually wary of little ones due to their unpredictable nature.
However, he would also boast about his own make-believe kiddos whenever he’d hear his friends bragging about theirs. Most notably, he referred to his fictional daughter “Chrysanthemum Pearl,” whom he claimed could make “the most delicious oyster stew with chocolate frosting and flaming Roman candles.”
Like the cat in his most famous book, Dr. Seuss was a fan of chapeaus and kept a rather large collection in a hidden area of his home. Reports claim that he had over 300 hats at one point during his life.
Of course, the creative mind that brought to life so many wonderful characters would have an entertaining answer to one of the most asked questions he received:
“I get all my ideas in Switzerland near the Forka Pass. There is a little town called Gletch, and two thousand feet up above Gletch there is a smaller hamlet called Über Gletch. I go there on the fourth of August every summer to get my cuckoo clock fixed. While the cuckoo is in the hospital, I wander around and talk to the people in the streets. They are very strange people, and I get my ideas from them.” (www.litlethings.com)
Hope you enjoyed! And maybe learned something new about Dr. Seuss!
“Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.” – Dr. Seuss
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~ Dr. Seuss
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