Did you know: The Children’s Book Author Dr. Seuss

Did you know that Dr. Seuss’ first book “And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street” was rejected 27 times before getting published by Vanguard Press in 1937? Theodore Seuss Geisel who went by the pen name “Dr. Seuss” was one of the most promising children’s book author of all time. He was a writer and an illustrator by nature. His most notable works are “The Cat in the Hat” and “Green Eggs and Ham.”

Born on March 2, 1904 in Massachusetts, Seuss went to attend Dartmouth College when he was 18 years old. He became the editor-in-chief of Jack-O-Lantern, a humor magazine issued in the campus. However, upon being caught by the school officials drinking in his dorm room, he was kicked off from the magazine staff due to a violation of Prohibition law. He continued to write for the magazine under the pen name “Seuss” which later changed into “Dr. Seuss” to allude to his unfinished doctorate degree. He then attended Oxford University in England to pursue his career as a full-time professor. He met Helen Palmer, the woman who became his wife, in the said university. In 1927, the couple returned to the United States of the America for him to pursue a full-time career on cartooning instead.

Dr. Seuss’ works were also featured in LIFE, Vanity Fair, and other magazines. He then spent the next 15 years of his life working for the advertising department of Standard Oil. His ad for for Flit, a brand of an insecticide, became popular.

After having his first children’s book getting published, he wrote one book for adults entitled “The Seven Lady Godivas” which was published in 1939. However, it fared poorly and he went back to writing and illustrating for children’s books.

Over the years, Dr. Seuss works continued to get published such as “Horton Hatches the Egg” in 1940 and “The Cat in the Hat” in 1957. His 1990 book written for both adults and children entitled “Oh, the Places You’ll Go!” has been one of the New York best-selling titles for over 79 weeks. He won a special Pulitzer prize in 1984 for his well-known contribution to “over nearly half a century to the education and enjoyment of America’s children and their parents.”

In 1967, his wife, Helen, died and a year after, he married their long-time friend Audrey Stone Diamond. Dr. Seuss died on September 24, 1991 in La Jolla, California. Random House Children’s Books published his work, “What Pet Should I Get?” in February 2015 after his widow discovered its manuscript in their home.

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