It’s difficult to imagine the children’s book landscape without Dr. Seuss, who is, almost half a century after The Cat in the Hat, the best-recognized children’s book writer in the country. But until Dr. Seuss -- a.k.a. Theodor Seuss Geisel -- reinvented the genre with his colorful and exuberant Sneetches, Grinches, Zaxes, and Zooks, children’s books were often little more than literal-minded lessons and cautionary tales intended to transform young readers into productive citizens.
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Also Known As:
Theodor Seuss Geisel (full name); also: Theo LeSieg, Rosetta Stone
Date of Birth:
March 2, 1904
Place of Birth:
Date of Death:
September 4, 1991
|Place of Death:
La Jolla, California
B.A., Dartmouth College, 1925; Oxford University (no degree)
Academy Award, Best Cartoon, 1951;Caldecott Honor Awards, 1947, 1949-50; Honorary doctorate, Dartmouth College, 1955; Honorary Pulitzer Prize, 1984
|Where 'Nerds' Come From|
|The American Heritage Dictionary says the word "nerd" first appeared in print in Dr. Seuss's If I Ran the Zoo (1950):
And then, just to show them, I'll sail to Ka-Troo
And bring back an It-Kutch a Preep and a Proo
A Nerkle a Nerd and a Seersucker, too!
|A Continuing Legacy||More on the Doctor|
|My Many Colored Days|
Dr. Seuss, Steve Johnson (Illustrator), Lou Fancher (Illustrator)
Years after his death, Seuss continues to inspire new titles and spinoffs, like My Many Colored Days, published in 1996 from a manuscript Seuss completed in 1973, and 1997's Seuss-isms: Wise and Witty Prescriptions for Living from the Good Doctor.
|Dr. Seuss Goes to War: The World War II Editorial Cartoons of Theodor Seuss Geisel|
Richard H. Minear, Art Spiegelman (Introduction)
Minear's Dr. Seuss Goes to War is a fascinating compendium of the artist's political cartoons, which blend the author's staunch anti-Nazi sentiments with his trademark wit and free-form drawings.