Dr. Seuss

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Children's Author
Date of Birth March 2, 1904
Place of Birth Springfield, Massachusetts
Date of Death Sep 24, 1991 (87)
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Dr. Seuss

Theodor Seuss "Ted" Geisel was an American children's author, political cartoonist, illustrator, poet, animator, screenwriter, and filmmaker. He is known for his work writing and illustrating more than 60 books under the pen name Doctor Seuss. His work includes many of the most popular children's books of all time, selling over 600 million copies and being translated into more than 20 languages by the time of his death. Geisel adopted the name "Dr. Seuss" as an undergraduate at Dartmouth College and as a graduate student at Lincoln College, Oxford. He left Oxford in 1927 to begin his career as an illustrator and cartoonist for Vanity Fair, Life, and various other publications. He also worked as an illustrator for advertising campaigns, most notably for FLIT and Standard Oil, and as a political cartoonist for the New York newspaper PM. He published his first children's book And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street in 1937.

Born: Theodor Seuss Geisel, March 02, 1904, Springfield, Massachusetts, U.S.
Died: September 24, 1991, La Jolla, California, U.S.
Pen name: Dr. Seuss, Theo LeSieg, Rosetta Stone, Theophrastus Seuss
Occupation: Children's author, political cartoonist, illustrator, poet, animator, screenwriter, filmmaker
Education: Dartmouth College (BA), Lincoln College, Oxford
Genre: Children's literature
Years active: 1921–1990
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About Dr. Seuss

American author and cartoonist who wrote 46 immortal children's books under the pen name of Dr. Seuss. His most notable works include The Cat in the Hat (1957), How the Grinch Stole Christmas (1957), and Green Eggs and Ham (1960).

Before Fame

He was born Theodor Geisel in Springfield, Massachusetts. In his early adulthood, he attended Dartmouth College, where he became the editor-in-chief of the school's humor magazine, the Dartmouth Jack-O-Lantern.


He drew over 400 political cartoons for leftist New York newspapers during WWII that criticized Hitler as well as Charles Lindbergh.

Family Life

He left Lincoln College, Oxford before receiving his PhD in English literature, having met his future wife and fellow children's author, Helen Palmer, who convinced him to pursue a career in illustration. During his marriage, he had an affair with Audrey Stone Dimond, who became his second wife following Helen Palmer Geisel's 1967 suicide.


In 2008, Geisel's induction into the California Hall of Fame was announced by Arnold Schwarzenegger.

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