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Dr. Seuss is known universally; Theodor Geisel (1904-1991), his creator, still remains largely unknown two decades after his death. Only the most diligent of his admirers know that this prolific children's book author and illustrator by day led a double life, spending his leisure hours working on the surrealistic art that he called his "midnight paintings." Caroline M. Smith's winningly exuberant and eccentric biography presents a "chronological-ish" view of Geisel's life that captures the crookedness, juxtapositions, and intersections of his creative streams. Its illustrations of his private art provide telling glimpses into a mind that still delight more than fifty years after that Cat first jumped out of Theodor Geisel's hat.