Dr. Seuss – American cartoonist
Dr. Seuss was an American children’s writer, illustrator, editor, and publisher.
Theodor Seuss Geisel was born on March 2, 1904 in Springfield, Massachusetts. He was born into a family of a brewer. All his grandparents were immigrants from Germany. His father was the director of a local zoo and the director of the National Park. In his childhood Theodor liked to draw inhabitants of the zoo.
Dr. Seuss graduated from Dartmouth College and went to study at Oxford, which he did not finish. After studying more than a year, he left Oxford and went on a journey throughout Europe. When he returned to America he became a political cartoonist and advertising artist. In Oxford Geisel met his future wife – Helen, who was his co-author and a true friend. They got married in 1927.
On October 23, 1967 due to suffering from a long struggle with the diseases, including cancer, and emotional pain of her husband’s affair with Audrey Stone Dimond, Helen Palmer Geisel committed suicide.
Geisel married Dimond on June 21, 1968.
In 1937 Geisel’s first children’s book, And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street, was published.
During and after World War II Geisel served in a part of the U.S. Army that made informational films.
In the late 1950s Geisel started a company called Beginner Books, which produced books for children.
In 1980 Geisel received Laura Ingalls Wilder Award for “significant and lasting contribution to children’s literature.”
In 1984, Geisel was awarded a special Pulitzer Prize for “half-century contribution to the formation and development of American children and their parents”.
The best-selling book by Dr. Seuss is Green Eggs and Ham, but the Cat in the Hat is a real icon of American culture.
In 1971 he published a book The Lorax.
When he wrote books without illustrating them himself, Seuss used the pseudonym Theo LeSieg (Geisel spelled backwards.)
Dr. Seuss died on September 24, 1991 in La Jolla, California.
In a career that spanned six decades, Dr. Seuss published 48 books, including for adults You’re Only Old Once: A Book for Obsolete Children (1986). They sold 100 million copies in 18 languages. His stories are famous for their nonsense words, wild rhymes, and amusing drawings of unusual creatures.
– To date, Dr. Seuss is the best-selling English language novelist for young children.
– There is Theodor Seuss Geisel Award. The most outstanding book for beginning readers receives it every year.
– The text of the song “Death to all but metal” by Steel Panther contains the words “Why do all my lyrics sound like Dr. Seuss?”
1966 – How the Grinch Stole Christmas (cartoon)
1972 – The Lorax (cartoon)
1989 – The Butter Battle Book
2000 – How the Grinch Stole Christmas with Jim Carrey was based on the eponymous book by Seuss.
2003 – Puss with Mike Myers in the title role.
2008 – 20th Century Fox made the cartoon based on the Dr. Seuss’ tale Horton Hears a Who!
2012 – The Lorax, cartoon