The First Childrens Poet
of the 20th Century
wasn't just a great author. He was a poet of rhyme and still is a popular poet among children and adults alike.
Theodor "Ted" Seuss Geisel is considered a huge success today. Known as Dr Seuss by many, he is perhaps the most renowned childrens poets of the 20th century. Through his familiar rhyme schemes and pensmanship he has encouraged young persons of all ages to embrace the essence of literature.
Dr Suess's early success can be attributed to the influence of his childhood years. Born in Springfield, Massachusetts to a brewmaster, Theodor Robert, and his wife Henrietta, who was a bakery worker, on March 2, 1904, he learned early how to make rhymes. Henrietta Geisel would chant the specials offered in her bakery throughout the day as she worked. If the young Theodor had difficulty falling asleep at night, his mother would recollect her bakery chants to soothe him to sleep. Dr Seuss would later credit his mother for his knack of rhythm, which can be found in all of his childrens books.
Theodor Geisel exhibited evidence of writing skill as early as adolescence and maintained that skill through his years in college. He attended Dartmouth College and was editor-in-chief of the humor magazine Jack-O-Lantern. But he had this title stripped away after he and some friends were caught drinking underage.
Unwilling to let this minor setback derail him from his goals, Theodor continued writing but under a pseudonym. He adopted the name Seuss and continued to supply his opinions and advice under that name. This would set the stage for his later years.
Dr Seuss's Professional Career
Seuss traveled many roads and occupations during his life. After graduating from Dartmouth, he enrolled in Oxford University in England. There he met his first wife Helen Palmer.
Ted also became a cartoonist for The Saturday Evening Post
during that time and devoted fifteen years to creating advertising campaigns. A major turning point in his career occurred when he discovered animation and began developing training films for The Capra's Signal Corps of the U.S. Army. These films paved the way for the legacy he would leave.
Dr Seuss would become intimately acquainted with rejection. His work went through the hands of more than twenty publishers before Vanguard Press released his first seller, "And To Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street
Geisel's most famous work would follow from an unusual account. His publisher challenged him to author a book based on a list of four hundred words a first grader should know. Dr Seuss didn't quite make four hundred words but hit upon a huge success with two hundred and twenty words when he penned "The Cat In The Hat."
Helen, a victim of cancer, passed away on October 23, 1967. In 1968, Dr Seuss remarried an old friend, Audrey Stone Diamond. She proved to be a renewal to the childrens author's spirit and encouraged him to undertake some foreign travel. She would also inspire such works as "The Lorax" and "The Butter Battle Book" with her positive attitude and spontaneity.
The Great Dr Seuss Legacy
Dr Seuss remains a fingerprint in literary circles today. His books have sold more than two million copies and have been translated into fifteen languages. His most well-known include "My Many Colored Days," "Daisy-Head Mayzie," "The Cat In The Hat," "The Sneetches," the fifty word book "Green Eggs & Ham," "Oh, The Places You'll Go," "Fox in Socks," and the Christmas story "How The Grinch Stole Christmas." His career has taken him into the homes and hearts of young people with books that arouse their imaginations, and he has given a strong base of entertaining literature to well-educated adults as well.
, during his lifetime, was recognized with many honors, including two Academy Awards, to Emmy Awards, the Pulitzer Prize, and a Peabody Award. Dr Seuss used his rhyme and poetry to teach children good morals and instruct them on human nature. Yet, he is more than an author. He is also an artist, a teacher, and an entertainer.