Geisel, Theodor Seuss

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Seuss, Dr.

Seuss, Dr., pseud. of Theodor Seuss Geisel, 1904–91, American author and illustrator of children's books, b. Springfield, Mass, grad. Dartmouth College, studied Lincoln College, Oxford. After working as freelance cartoonist, he became a newspaper cartoonist in 1941. During World War II he worked with animator Chuck Jones and Frank Capra, producing informational cartoons. His books , published beginning in the postwar America of the 1950s, are known for their blend of whimsy, zany humor, catchy verse, and outlandish illustrations. His style is evidenced in such books as Horton Hears a Who (1954), The Cat in the Hat (1957), Green Eggs and Ham (1960), and Oh, the Places You'll Go! (1990). In 1986 he published You're Only Old Once, about growing old. Although some early critics objected to his carefree style and sometimes violent illustrations, his books are immensely popular. A museum devoted to his books is in Springfield, Mass.


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Geisel, Theodor Seuss (Dr. Seuss, Theo. LeSieg, Rosetta Stone, pen names)

(1904–91) author, illustrator; born in Springfield, Mass. He graduated from Dartmouth College (1925), attended Lincoln College, Oxford, England (1926), became a cartoonist for American periodicals, was a writer and animator in Hollywood, and settled in La Jolla, Calif. A winner of many awards, he is famous for his zany, inventive books for children, such as the popular Horton Hatches the Egg (1940), The Cat in the Hat (1957), and other books for adults, such as You're Only Old Once! (1986), and Oh, the Places You'll Go! (1990).
The Cambridge Dictionary of American Biography, by John S. Bowman. Copyright © Cambridge University Press 1995. Reproduced with permission.