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Theodor Seuss Geisel
(1904 - 1991)

Category:  American Literature
Born:  March 2, 1904
Springfield, Massachusetts, United States
Died:  September 24, 1991
La Jolla, California, United States
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Theodor Seuss Geisel - LIFE STORIES
9/24/1991     "...Gone With a Tip of His Hat"
On this day in 1991 Theodor Seuss Geisel died, at the age of eighty-seven. Geisel turned to children's books in his late twenties, when his job creating ads for "Flit" insect repellent -- his "Quick, Henry, the Flit!" became a household slogan across America -- left him well-off and bored. The next fifty years brought forty-eight books, three Oscars, two Emmys and a Pulitzer.
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Butter Battle Book
Dr. Seuss Goes to War: The World War II Editorial Cartoons of Theodor Seuss Geisel
by Richard H. Minear, Theodor Seuss Geisel (Illustrator)
illustrations, history
Seuss-Isms: Wise and Witty Prescriptions for Living from the Good Doctor
The Secret Art of Dr. Seuss
by Theodor Seuss Geisel, Maurice Sendak (Introduction), Audrey Geisel
To Think That I Saw It On Mulberry Street
You're Only Old Once
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Dr. Seuss & Mr. Geisel: A Biography
by Judith Morgan, Neil Morgan
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Carol Hurst's Children's Literature Site
A look at the accomplishments of Dr. Seuss, with a brief biography and comments on his methods and development.

"Seuss was one of the few authors of children's books who could get away with moralizing. His zany illustrations and rhymes allow the reader to enjoy the books and recognize the morals without feeling the weight of a sermon."
Celebrate Dr. Seuss
A website for teachers offers lesson plans and printable worksheets for a selection of books, reading levels, and grades, suggestions for web-based reading and research assigments, songs, poems, and games.
Cut Loose With Dr. Seuss
A first grade teacher (6 and 7 year-olds) reviews her student's classroom activities after reading The Cat in the Hat, Fox in Socks, Wacky Wednesday, The 500 Hats of Batholomew Cubbins, The Lorax, One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish, and other works. Also provides interesting background information about the author and his books.

"The Cat in the Hat was written as an attempt to make readers more interesting than the old Dick and Jane readers that were available in the mid '50's. John Hersey, in Life magazine, asked that readers for beginners be made more stimulating and he suggested in an article that perhaps Dr. Seuss would like to try. Bennett Cerf, the publisher at Random House, challenged him to do it, and gave him a list of 225 words to use. While Dr. Seuss initially thought it would be easy to do, he found out the limited vocabulary made it extremely hard! One of the things I thought about trying was to give my children a list of 20 words and see what they could come up with as far as a decent story line went...."
Political Cartoons by Dr. Seuss
A collection of over 400 political cartoons created by Seuss during World War II. Find categories including People (Adolph Hitler, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Joseph Stalin ...), Countries, War and Domestic Issues, and Battles & Battlefields.

"Because of the fame of his children's books (and because we often misunderstand these books) and because his political cartoons have remained largely unknown, we do not think of Dr. Seuss as a political cartoonist. But for two years, 1941-1943, he was the chief editorial cartoonist for the New York newspaper PM (1940-1948), and for that journal he drew over 400 editorial cartoons."
This website, produced by Random House, offers a detailed biography which examines the author's childhood, education at Dartmouth College and Oxford University, his life-long career as a cartoonist, and information about the author's personal life, including his wife (Helen Palmer Geisel), friends (publisher Bernard Clef, and animator Chuck Jones), interests, and writing habits. Also features interactive games and quotes.

"Like most works of merit, the works of Dr. Seuss have been overanalyzed; many scholars have found devices where there are truly none to be found. For the most part, Ted enjoyed writing entertaining books that encouraged children to read. There are several—his later books, in particular—that were, in fact, inspired by current events or his own personal concerns...."
The Center For Seussian Studies
This fan site offers a brief biography, bibliography, links, and a selection of parodies of the author's books and style. Includes Seussian adaptations of Dante's Inferno, New Testament, Star Trek, and "How the Grinch Stole the Election," as presented by Bill Maher on the television program Politically Incorrect. An amusing Freudian analysis of The Cat in the Hat is also provided:

"The Cat in the Hat is a hard-hitting novel of prose and poetry in which the author re-examines the dynamic rhyming schemes and bold imagery of some of his earlier works, most notably Green Eggs and Ham, If I Ran the Zoo, and Why Can't I Shower With Mommy? In this novel, Theodore Geisel, writing under the pseudonym Dr. Seuss, pays homage to the great Dr. Sigmund Freud in a nightmarish fantasy of a renegade feline helping two young children understand their own frustrated sexuality. The story opens with two youngsters, a brother and a sister, abandoned by their mother, staring mournfully through the window of their single-family dwelling. In the foreground, a large tree/phallic symbol dances wildly in the wind, taunting the children and encouraging them to succumb to the sexual yearnings they undoubtedly feel for each other. Even to the most unlearned reader, the blatant references to the incestuous relationship the two share set the tone for Seuss' probing examination of the satisfaction of primitive needs."
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