"I have heard there are troubles of more than one kind. Some come from ahead and some come from behind. But I've bought a big bat. I'm ready you see. Now my troubles are going to have troubles with me "
Theodor Seuss Geisel was born 2 March 1904 in Springfield, MA. He graduated Dartmouth College in 1925, and proceeded on to Oxford University with the intent of acquiring a doctorate in literature. At Oxford he met Helen Palmer, who he wed in 1927. He returned from Europe in 1927, and began working for a magazine called Judge, the leading humor magazine in America at the time, submitting both cartoons and humorous articles for them. Additionally, he was submitting cartoons to Life, Vanity Fair and Liberty. In some of his works, he'd made reference to an insecticide called Flit. These references gained notice, and led to a contract to draw comic ads for Flit. This association lasted 17 years, gained him national exposure, and coined the catchphrase "Quick, Henry, the Flit!"
In 1936 on the way to a vaction in Europe, listening to the rhythm of the ship's engines, he came up with And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street, which was then promptly rejected by the first 43 publishers he showed it to. Eventually in 1937 a friend published the book for him, and it went on to at least moderate success.
During WWII, Geisel joined the army and was sent to Hollywood. Captain Geisel would write for Frank Capra's Signal Corps Unit (for which he won the Legion of Merit) and do documentaries (he won Oscars for Hitler Lives and Design for Death). He also created a cartoon called Gerald McBoing-Boing which also won him an Oscar.
In May of 1954, Life published a report concerning illiteracy among school children. The report said, among other things, that children were having trouble to read because their books were boring. This inspired Geisel's publisher, and prompted him to send Geisel a list of 400 words he felt were important, asked him to cut the list to 250 words (the publisher's idea of how many words at one time a first grader could absorb), and write a book. Nine months later, Geisel, using 220 of the words given to him published The Cat in the Hat, which went on to instant success.
In 1960 Bennett Cerf bet Geisel $50 that he couldn't write an entire book using only fifty words. The result was Green Eggs and Ham. Cerf never paid the $50 from the bet.
Helen Palmer Geisel died in 1967. Theodor Geisel married Audrey Stone Diamond in 1968. Theodor Seuss Geisel died 24 September 1991.
|2003 -||Green Eggs and Ham|
|2003 -||One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish|
|2003 -||The Cat in the Hat Comes Back|
|2003 -||I Can Read With My Eyes Shut!|
|2003 -||Oh, The Places You'll Go!|
|2003 -||The Cat in the Hat|
|2003 -||Hop on Pop|
|2003 -||Fox in Socks|
|2003 -||Dr Seuss' ABC|
|2003 -||The Best of Dr. Seuss|
|2003 -||Dr. Seuss's Sleep Book|
|2003 -||Ten Apples up on Top!|
|2003 -||If I Ran the Circus|
|2003 -||And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street|
|2003 -||How the Grinch Stole Christmas!|
|2003 -||There's a Wocket in My Pocket!|
|2003 -||Mr. Brown Can Moo! Can You?|
|2003 -||If I Ran the Zoo|
|2003 -||Marvin K. Mooney Will You Please Go Now!|
|2004 -||Yertle the Turtle and Other Stories|
|2004 -||The Lorax|
|2004 -||Wacky Wednesday|
|2004 -||Oh, the Thinks You Can Think!|
|2004 -||I Wish That I Had Duck Feet|
|2004 -||The Foot Book|
|2004 -||Did I Ever Tell You How Lucky You Are?|
|2004 -||Horton Hatches the Egg|
|2004 -||Horton Hears a Who!|
|2004 -||Oh Say Can You Say?|
|2004 -||Daisy-Head Mayzie|
|2005 -||Happy Birthday to You!|
|2005 -||Hunches in Bunches|
|2008 -||The Wonderful World of Dr Seuss : Set of 20 x Books in 1 x Boxed Set|
|2011 -||Would You Rather Be a Tadpole?|
|2011 -||Oh Say Can You Say What's the Weather Today?|
|2011 -||Miles and Miles of Reptiles|
|2011 -||My Oh My, a Butterfly|
|2011 -||I Can Name 50 Trees Today|
|2011 -||One Cent, Two Cents, Old Cent, New Cent|
|2011 -||Dr. Seuss's Furry Tales|
|2013 -||The Bippolo Seed and Other Lost Stories|