A famous cartoonist who published more than 60 books. “Green Eggs and Ham” and “A Cat in The Hat” are some of his most popular books.
His real name was “Theodor Seuss Geisel,” but he was mostly called by his pet name “Dr. Seuss.” He was a cartoonist and a writer who published more than 60 books in his career. His first book was a children’s book, “And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street,” that he published under his name in 1937. Next, he published several famous books like “Green Eggs and Ham” and “A Cat in The Hat.” His fans still love his characters and rhymes after a lot of generations.
Dr. Seuss was born on March 2, 1904, in Springfield, Massachusetts. His mother was Henrietta Seuss Geisel, and his father was Theodor Robert Geisel. His father was a very successful brewmaster at that time.
Dr. Seuss left his home at the age of 18 to attend Dartmouth College. At college, he became editor in chief of the humor magazine, Jack-O-Lantern. One day he was caught drinking in his dorm room with his friends, and due to the violation of college laws, he was removed from his designation at humor magazine, but he continued his contributions in the magazine using his pet name Seuss.
After passing his college, Dr. Seuss went to the University of Oxford, where he wanted to become a professor, but in 1927, he dropped out of oxford.
When he returned back to the USA, Seuss decided to work as a full-time cartoonist. His articles and publications got a lot of popularity as they were published in several magazines, including LIFE and Vanity Fair. In 1927, he published a cartoon, “The Saturday Evening Post,” using his pet name Seuss. These cartoons became so popular that he landed on the staff position at New York weekly Judge due to these cartoons.
In the next 15 years, he worked for standard oil in their advertising department. An advertisement that he created for Filt became popular nationwide. During that time, Viking Press made him an offer to illustrate a children’s collection called Boners. Although the selling of that book was quite poor, it gave him a break into children’s literature.
With the start of World War II, He started publishing weekly political cartoons to the liberal publication PM Magazine. In 1942, he collaborated with Frank Capra to make animated training movies and draw propaganda posters for the treasury department.
Following the world war, Seuss and Helen purchased an old observation tower in La Jolla. There he used to work for at least 8 hours a day, taking short breaks and writing on different topics. In the next five decades, he published several books in both modern and old vocabulary using his unique style.
During his career, Dr. Seuss published more than 60 books. Some of his most well-known books are as follows:
- Dr. Seuss’ First Book And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street
- Horton Hears a Who! (1954)
- The Cat in the Hat (1957)
- How the Grinch Stole Christmas (1957)
- Green Eggs and Ham (1960)
- One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish (1960)
- Dr. Seuss’s ABC: An Amazing Alphabet Book! (1963)
- Fox in Socks (1965)
- The Lorax (1971)
- Oh, the Places You’ll Go! (1990)
These are some of the most famous books that were published by Dr. Seuss and are still very popular among the young generation these days. Several of Dr. Seuss’ books were also transformed into movies. He also won numerous awards for his amazing work. In 1984 he won a Pulitzer Prize, an Academy Award, three Emmys, and three Grammys.
Dr. Seuss died on September 24, 1991, at the age of 87, in La Jolla, California. In 1997, the Art of Dr. Seuss collection was launched, which became very popular across the world. At the present time, many limited edition works and sculptures of Dr. Seuss are found in different art galleries across the world.