The Man Who Was Dr. Seuss

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The Man Who Was Dr. Seuss . . . is the first major personal and literary biography of Theodor "Dr. Seuss" Geisel. This book will show you. . . • The origins of the hypnotic, galloping rhyme scheme which he used in his first book and in many thereafter (and how John Phillip Sousa made the same discovery and wrote "The Star Spangled Banner" a decade earlier). . . • How serendipity — a happy accident of fate — resulted in the publication of the first Dr. Seuss book, And To Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street, ...
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Overview

The Man Who Was Dr. Seuss . . . is the first major personal and literary biography of Theodor "Dr. Seuss" Geisel. This book will show you. . . • The origins of the hypnotic, galloping rhyme scheme which he used in his first book and in many thereafter (and how John Phillip Sousa made the same discovery and wrote "The Star Spangled Banner" a decade earlier). . . • How serendipity — a happy accident of fate — resulted in the publication of the first Dr. Seuss book, And To Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street, after that book had been turned down by 27 book publishers. . . • The origins of If I Ran the Zoo. . . • How serendipity again played a part in Horton Hatches the Egg!, Bartholomew and the Oobleck and The Lorax. . . • Theodor Geisel's views of international justices in "The Sneetches," Yertle the Turtle and Horton Hears a Who!. . . • The morals for children in Horton Hatches the Egg!, How The Grinch Stole Christmas! And other Dr. Seuss books. . . • How a $50. Bet — which Theodor Geisel won — led to a revolution in children's literature. . . • How inventing a common phrase led to a classic Dr. Seuss book. . . • Which Dr. Seuss character is a classic trickster hero of folklore. . . • How a cynical phrase from his college days resulted in another Dr. Seuss classic decades later. . . • Why mothers and fathers are seldom seen in Dr. Seuss books. . . • And finally, in all these fabulous facts and fanciful fables, how and why Theodor "Dr. Seuss" Geisel became an American icon. . . . The Life And Work Of Theodor Geisel

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  • ISBN-13: 9780738834849
  • Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
  • Publication date: 12/28/2000
  • Pages: 211

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Chronology
Key Dates in the life of Theodor Geisel 13
Prologue: ... one of his earliest memories was playing with lion cubs ... 23
1 1904-1927 "... when he walked into a room it was like a magician's act. Birds flew out of his hands, and endless bright scarves and fireworks ..." 25
2 1927-1939: The drone of the Kungsholm's engine became the driving force of Dr. Seuss's career 50
3 1939-1948 "I meant what I said and I said what I meant ... An elephant's faithful--one hundred percent!" 80
4 1948-1956: ... he began to chart vast regions of his own, the terra incognito of his Seussian world ... 100
5 1956-1960 "... easily the best Christmas-cad since Scrooge ..." 119
6 1960-1971 "And I learned there are troubles of more than one kind. Some come from ahead and some come from behind." 142
7 1971-1991 "Oh, the places you'll go ..." 163
Epilogue: "... to a unique and hallowed place in the nurseries of the world ..." 177
Bibliography 179
Notes 185
Index 197
About the Author 211
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