Kw-logo-smaller

Dr. Seuss Biography

Doctor Seuss is the best selling children's book author of all time.
Dr. Seuss

Birthdate: March 2, 1904
Birthplace: Springfield, Massachusetts

The Early Years

Theodor Seuss Geisel (better known as Dr. Seuss) was born in Springfield, Massachusetts. He was given the middle name Seuss because it is his mother's maiden name. Dr. Seuss studied English at Oxford University in England, which is where he met his wife, Helen Palmer.

Finding His Voice

Dr. Seuss worked as a writer and cartoonist at various magazines before being hired to draw ads for a pesticide company. He drew nasty looking bugs for 15 years. It was only when Dr. Seuss was returning to the U.S. from a European vacation, by boat, that he wrote his fist children's book. His boredom on the long trip inspired Dr. Seuss to write a poem to the rhythm of the ship's engine. The result was the book And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street, which was rejected by the first 27 publishers he sent it to. The book was finally published and became a hit. However, Dr. Seuss didn't become a household name until he wrote The Cat in the Hat in 1957.

Getting Serious

World War II interrupted Dr. Seuss' career as a children's book author. During the war, Dr. Seuss worked for the U.S. Army making documentary films for American soldiers. His films, Hitler Lives and Design for Death, both won Academy Awards. When the war was over, Dr. Seuss returned to his career as a successful children's author. Dr. Seuss died of cancer on September 24, 1991 at the age of 87.

Movie Mania

Even after his death, Dr. Seuss is still dazzling audiences. In 2000, the movie version of The Grinch Who Stole Christmas, starring Jim Carrey, garnered rave reviews. In 2003, The Cat in the Hat, starring Mike Myers, hit theaters and, in 2008, Horton Hears a Who hit the big screen!

Did U Know?

  • Dr. Seuss' wife, Helen Palmer, also wrote children's books under the Seuss label.
  • The last book Dr. Seuss' ever wrote was a book for "obsolete children" (old peeps) titled You're Only Old Once.
  • When Dr. Seuss was a kid, his mother would soothe him to sleep by chanting rhymes from her childhood. Dr. Seuss credited her with his talent for rhyming.

Dr. Seuss Says...

"Be who you are and say what you want, because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind."

Related Stories:
>
>

readers voted!

Comments

emilyabhisweettalker
I will always love these books
commented: Tue Mar 11, 2014

parkerpride

parkerpride wrote:

even though I'm eleven I still love a good ol' dr.seuss book
commented: Fri Mar 07, 2014

imagination44

imagination44 wrote:

Dr. Seuss is my favorite! We have a big Dr. S party at school, and I got to blow out th...
commented: Tue Mar 04, 2014

there are 57 more comments

Please login or register to add comments


like this article?
Sign up now to get more just like!

latest videos

F1070579140531

Fave Dr. Seuss Book? Vote!

  • Green Eggs and Ham.
  • The Cat in the Hat.
  • The Lorax.
  • The Grinch Who Stole Christmas.

related stories

Micro_thelorax-micro
Zac Efron and Taylor Swift provide the voices in The Lorax, an animated film based on Dr. Seuss’ ...
We all know the story of Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas. In case you need a refresher ...
Micro_the_cat_in_the_hat-micro
Once again, the peeps from Universal Studios are bringing one of Dr. Seuss' classics to the big s...
Micro_grinch_micro
The Grinch stole Christmas and Jim Carrey brought this classic holiday flick back to the box office!

Random in the forums

shae508
shae508 posted in Say Anything:
HEEEEEeeeeeEEEEyyyyYYYYYyy! :)
reply 26 minutes
katerine46
cyber bulling is a bad thing to do because teens around the world are getting bullied everyday and they are killing themselves because of cyber bulling and thats not good so if you are getting bullied go tell an adult or your friend don't think negative think positive. :)
reply 44 minutes
bea_wuvvs_chu
Couple Trouble: Reasons For Breaking Up   Pretty Petty Problems These are the reasons why couples breakup.  Problems that is so small that sometimes causes couples to breakup.   -He doesn't reply to your messages -He is not thoughtful, for example he/she forgets that it's your monthsary or what anniversary you guys are suppose to celebrate -He is not a gentleman -Different lifestyle -Super talkative -- or maybe the opposite Fight for Love: There may be a second chance for the both of you, because these are only small reasons which may be solved by meeting halfway.  Remember, to each his own.  You need to accept and respect who he is --- that's the foundation of a potentially long-lasting relationship. Take Flight: The reasons why you don't like him outweigh the reasons why you like him.  It would be difficult to work out a relationship with someone who's qualities don't meet your standards.    
reply 44 minutes
blackpearrl
"saturn3" wrote:I wish i can have a pet  girffe well, i wish i could pet a lion
reply about 2 hours
Cutiebee12
Cutiebee12 posted in Electronics:
Well, this year, I got a cell phone. ( Except it has no phone calls).
reply about 2 hours

play online games

Candy-100

A great online version of the famous Candy Crush. This is the best game launched...

Big_icon_(7)

Have you ever fancied being a ranger like those fantasy characters you love so m...

Big_icon_(4)

You run across the city in a car chase with the police officers.

Big_icon_(6)

The evil master kidnapped all of your friends!

Big_icon_(5)

Tic Tac Toe is back!