Theodor Seuss Geisel

Theodor Seuss Geisel

Theodor Seuss Geisel

Theodor Seuss Geisel

Synopsis

Dr. Seuss's infectious rhymes, fanciful creatures, and roundabout plots not only changed the way children read but imagined the world. And to Think That I Saw It On Mulberry Street, Green Eggs and Ham,The Cat and the Hat, these and other classics have sold hundreds of millions of copies and entertained children and adults for decades.

After graduating from Dartmouth, Theodor Geisel used his talents as an ad-man, political provocateur, and social satirist, gradually but irrevocably turning to children's books. Theodor SEUSS Geisel tells the unlikely story of this remarkable transformation. In this compact and engrossing biography, Donald Pease reveals the evolution of Dr. Seuss's creative persona while offering an honest appraisal of his life. The book also features many of Dr. Seuss's lesser-known illustrations, including college drawings, insecticide ads, and wartime political cartoons-all of which offer a glimpse of his early artistic style and the visual origins of the more famous creatures that later populated his children's books.

As Pease traces the full arc of Dr. Seuss's prolific career, he combines close textual readings of many of Dr. Suess's works with a unique look at their genesis to shed new light on the enduring legacy of America's favorite children's book author.

Excerpt

In the course of his sixty-five-year career, tdeodor seuss Geisel was an advertisement agency artist, animator, producer and director of animated cartoons, caricaturist, playwright, short story writer, documentary filmmaker, lyricist, teacher, political cartoonist, and editor and author of children’s books. Early in his career he invented the persona of Dr. Seuss to integrate these disparate facets of his creative personality. But Dr. Seuss did not wholly commit himself to authoring books for children until the 1950s.

Dr. Seuss’s children’s books have enjoyed phenomenal commercial and critical success. Dr. Seuss’s works, which have changed the way children everywhere learn how to read, have been translated into fifteen languages. More than 200 million copies of his books have been sold worldwide. Six books have been published posthumously. in 2001 Publishers Weekly listed fourteen Dr. Seuss books among the top one hundred all-time best-selling hardcover children’s books. Green Eggs and Ham placed fourth on the list, and The Cat in the Hat ranked ninth. They were followed by One fish two fish red fish blue fish (13), Hop on Pop (16), Oh, the Places You’ll Go! (17), Dr. Seuss’s abc (18), The Cat in the Hat Comes Back (26), Fox in Socks (31), How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (35), My Book About Me (40), I Can Read with My Eyes Shut! (58), Oh, the Thinks You Can Think!

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.