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Theodor Seuss Geisel, known to his fans as Dr. Seuss, is the author of such beloved children's books as "Green Eggs and Ham", "How the Grinch Stole Christmas", and perhaps his most famous work, "The Cat in the Hat", which was created as a reader for children and used only 225 words. Before writing and illustrating these classics, Geisel served as an illustrator and cartoonist, turning out advertising campaigns for Standard Oil for 15 years. At the time of his death in 1991, Geisel had authored and illustrated 44 children's books as well as provided the source materials for 11 children's specials, a Broadway musical and a major motion picture. He is the recipient of two Academy Awards, two Emmys and a Pulitzer. Dr. Seuss

Dr. Seuss: His Pen, History and Quotes

Theodor Seuss Geisel also known as Dr. Seuss was an American writer, poet and cartoonist. He is widely known for his written children's books. His famous pet names are Dr. Seuss, Theo LeSieg and Rosetta Stone.


He wrote the famous books like "The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins," "Horton Hatches the Egg," and "How the Grinch Stole Christmas!"


Dr. Seuss: Early Childhood

"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


Theodore "Ted" Seuss Geisel was born on March 2, 1904 in Springfield, Massachusetts. His father Theodor Robert was a Brewmaster and his mother, Henrietta Seuss Geisel was a loving mother of 2 children. The Geisel family enjoyed great financial fortune for many years. Being German-immigrants, they suffered financial and social challenges during the onset of World War I.


Despite some hardships due to the World War 1 Prohibition, the Geisels became active participants in the pro- America campaign of World War 1. Ted and her sister Marnie were active in many activities. Ted enjoyed his childhood happily because of his loving family.


Dr. Seuss: Education and Early Career

"The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go." - Dr. Seuss


On 1921, Ted left Springfield to attend Dartmouth College. He became the editor-in-chief of Darthmouth Jack-O-Lantern magazine.
While at Dartmouth, Ted and his friends were caught drinking gin in his room. Because of this, he was force to resign in all the extracurricular activities he has, including Jack-O-Lantern. Eager to continue his work, Ted began signing his work with the pen name "Seuss". After he graduated from Dartmouth, "Dr. Seuss" again appeared into his work for "The Judge". Ted's greatest inspiration for writing was his professor W. Benfield Pressey.


He continued his pursuit to learning at Oxford University in England. His father wanted him to become a professor. While sitting in his Anglo-Saxon for Beginners class, Helen Palmer was amazed by his doodles. Helen, who later became his wife, had told him that he should become an artist instead of a professor.
He returned to United States to pursue a career as a cartoonist. He was glad when one of his submissions was published in The Saturday Evening Post.  The editor for Judge was also amazed by his work and offered Ted a staff position.


Standard Oil offered him a job in their advertising department. Flit, the pesticide that Standard was manufacturing has become popular with the famous slogan "Quick, Henry, the Flit!" For more than 15 years at working in Standard Oil, he has devoted himself for creative advertisements. In 1935, he wrote and drew a short-lived comic strip called Hejji.


The beginning of World War II was fearsome. Ted contributed political cartoons each week to PM Magazine. His political cartoons were published in Dr. Seuss Goes to War.


In 1942, Ted wanted to contribute more to the US war effort. He first worked for the Treasury Department and the War Production Board as poster maker. In 1943, he became a Captain in the Army and was commander of the Animation Department of the First Motion Picture Unit. He wrote films like "Your Job in Germany", "Our Job in Japan" and "Private Snafu".


He was awarded with the Legion of Merit for serving the Army. His work "Our Job in Japan" became the basis for the film, "Design for Death" that was released on 1947. The film won the Academy Award for Documentary Feature. "Gerald McBoing-Boing, another film based from original story by Seuss was awarded with the Academy Award for Animated Short Film.


After the war, Ted continues to contribute in Life, Vanity Fair, Judge, etc. Viking Press offered him a contract to illustrate the children's saying called "Boners". Ted's illustration was praised by many. It was considered to be his big break in children's literature.


While traveling on the liner with his wife, Ted became bothered by the rhythm of its engines. This made as his inspiration to his first children's book, "And To Think That I Saw It On Mulberry Street".


In May 1954, Ted was asked by William Ellsworth to write a book with 250 words. He was challenge to produce a children book that "can't be put down". After nine months, Ted completed "The Cat in the Hat" using 236 words given to him. Reviewers said that the book contains imaginative powers of Ted's earlier works. It has simple vocabulary words that are readable by beginners. The book also earned international success and remain very popular today. His other works like "Green Eggs and Ham" and "One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish" was a huge success outselling the majority of newly published children's books.


Ted's style of writing children's books was praised because of its simplicity. Beginners would easily learn from it.


Ted met his lifetime friend Chuck Jones way back while he is serving the Army during World War II. Jones, who is an Animator, approached Ted about an animated Grinch special. The collaboration resulted to the making of "Horton Hears a Who!" 


Another dear friend, Bennett Cerf had vision Ted as a man who could turn the children's book industry upside down. The two worked at Random House, a publishing house. Their friendship extended far beyond the walls of Random House.


His wife, Helen Palmer was very supportive in his career. They were classmates at Oxford University. She was the person who recognized the talent of Ted. She herself was an accomplished author. Along with Ted and Phyllis Cerf, Helen was also a founder of Beginner Books, a young reader's division of Random House Children's Books.


 Dr. Seuss: Personal Life and Interests

"Today was good. Today was fun. Tomorrow is another one." - Dr. Seuss


Habits

Ted is a doodler at heart. He remarked that he never really learned to draw. As a student, his notebooks were filled with doodles.
Aside from being an Illustrator, Ted also loves gardening. He relieves stress by tending his garden.


What Dr. Seuss friends say:

Ted has been described by his friends as someone who was quiet and shy. He has to know the person better before he talks to them more. He has a delightful sense of humor.

Dr. Seuss' Writing Habits

"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. You are the guy who'll decide where to go." - Dr. Seuss Quote

In 1948, Ted and his Wife bought an old observation tower in California. They called it "The Tower". Ted would lock himself in the studio for at least eight hours each day while working.

According to Janet Schulman, who was a Vice President of Random House Books for Young Readers, Ted writing process was a "bit of a mystery". She explains, "When he was working on a book, he always had a general idea of what the book was going to be; but he put these pieces of paper on the wall, and there would be 'holes' within the sequence that usually belonged to the transition points."

She also added that Ted was a very easy man to deal with. He doesn't want to bother anybody and enjoys critical and commercial success.


Dr. Seuss Death

"Don't cry because it's over. Smile because it happened." - Dr. Seuss Quote


On September 24, 1991, Ted died of Throat cancer in San Diego, California. After his death, the UCSD's University Library Building was renamed Geisel Library in honor of Ted's contributions to the library.


Dr. Seuss Awards and Tribute

Ted received an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Dartmouth. In addition, he also has six other honorary doctorates.
His work "Gerald McBoing-Boing" received an Oscar award for 1951 Best Cartoon.
In 1947, three of his books received Caldecott Honor Awards: McElligot's Pool.

"The Halloween is Grinch Night" and "The Grinch Grinches" received two Emmys
"The Cat in the Hat" was awarded with 1977 and 1982 Best Children's Special
"How the Grinch Stole Christmas!" and "Horton Hears a Who!" were awarded with a Peabody for the animated special.

In 1986, he received New York Library Literary Lion. In 1986, he received the prestigious Laura Ingalls Wilder Award from American Library Association

In 2002, Springfield, Massachusetts opened Dr. Seuss National Memorial Sculpture Garden that features sculptures of Ted and of many of his book characters.




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Denise Gangnes .
Dr. Seuss Quotes - Celebrating Imagination on his 107th Birthday
Dr. Seuss Quotes - Birthday Dr. Seuss would have been 107 on March 2. It could be argued that the author of 46 perfectly nonsensical books brought more joy and imagination to our world than possibly any other author. Dr. Seuss quotes are an instant antidote to depression. Who can be sad w… [ Read More ]
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Dr. Seuss or Standard Oil?
"If I were invited to a dinner party with my characters, I wouldn't show up." According to Theodor Seuss Geisel, his name rhymes with voice, not loose. Given his gift of rhyme, we guess he should know. The author of 44 children's books and the creator of countless characters, it's h… [ Read More ]
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