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Dr. Seuss

Ted Geisel holding the Cat in the Hat at Desk in 1957
Theodor Seuss Geisel in 1957

Born

Theodor Seuss GeiselMarch 2, 1904Springfield, Massachusetts, U.S.

Died

September 24, 1991 La Jolla, California, U.S.

Pen name

  • Dr. Seuss
  • Theo LeSieg
  • Rosetta Stone
  • Theophrastus Seuss

Occupation

Writer, political cartoonist, animator

Genre

Children's literature

Years active

1921–1990

Spouse

  • Helen Palmer Geisel ( m.  1927; her death 1967)
  • Audrey Stone Dimond ( m.  1968)

Signature

Website

seussville .com

Theodor Seuss Geisel was an American children's author, political cartoonist, and animator. 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. During World War II, he took a brief hiatus from children's literature to illustrate political cartoons, and he also worked in the animation and film department of the United States Army where he wrote, produced or animated many productions – both live-action and animated – including Design for Death, which later won the 1947 Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature.

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Don't cry because it's over. Smile because it happened. - Dr. Seuss

Don't cry because it's over. Smile because it happened.

Dr. Seuss

coping grief growing
You can get help from teachers, but you are going to have to learn a lot by yourself, sitting alone in a room. - Dr. Seuss

You can get help from teachers, but you are going to have to learn a lot by yourself, sitting alone in a room.

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From there to here, and here to there, funny things are everywhere. - Dr. Seuss

From there to here, and here to there, funny things are everywhere.

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You're in pretty good shape for the shape you are in. - Dr. Seuss

You're in pretty good shape for the shape you are in.

Dr. Seuss

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Today was good. Today was fun. Tomorrow is another one. - Dr. Seuss

Today was good. Today was fun. Tomorrow is another one.

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good
Fun is good. - Dr. Seuss

Fun is good.

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good
Preachers in pulpits talked about what a great message is in the book. No matter what you do, somebody always imputes meaning into your books. - Dr. Seuss

Preachers in pulpits talked about what a great message is in the book. No matter what you do, somebody always imputes meaning into your books.

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I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living, it's a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope. Which is what I do, and that enables you to laugh at life's realities. - Dr. Seuss

I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living, it's a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope. Which is what I do, and that enables you to laugh at life's realities.

Dr. Seuss

imagination life
Think left and think right and think low and think high. Oh, the thinks you can think up if only you try! - Dr. Seuss

Think left and think right and think low and think high. Oh, the thinks you can think up if only you try!

Dr. Seuss

imagination
How did it get so late so soon? Its night before its afternoon. December is here before its June. My goodness how the time has flewn. How did it get so late so soon? - Dr. Seuss

How did it get so late so soon? Its night before its afternoon. December is here before its June. My goodness how the time has flewn. How did it get so late so soon?

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time
Maybe Christmas, the Grinch thought, doesn't come from a store. - Dr. Seuss

Maybe Christmas, the Grinch thought, doesn't come from a store.

Dr. Seuss

christmas
Oh, The Places You'll Go! - Dr. Seuss

Oh, The Places You'll Go!

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Don't cry because it's over. Smile because it happened. - Dr. Seuss

Don't cry because it's over. Smile because it happened.

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You can get help from teachers, but you are going to have to learn a lot by yourself, sitting alone in a room. - Dr. Seuss

You can get help from teachers, but you are going to have to learn a lot by yourself, sitting alone in a room.

Dr. Seuss

teacher alone
I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living, it's a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope. Which is what I do, and that enables you to laugh at life's realities. - Dr. Seuss

I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living, it's a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope. Which is what I do, and that enables you to laugh at life's realities.

Dr. Seuss

life imagination