Dr. Seuss was an American writer and illustrator of children’s books. In addition to being the author and illustrator of some of the most popular children’s books, Dr. Seuss was a political cartoonist, a poet, an animator, and a filmmaker.
Dr. Seuss was born Theodor Seuss Geisel on March 2, 1904, In Springfield, Massachusetts. His father managed a family brewery before being appointed to supervise Springfield’s public park system.
Dr. Seuss was educated at Dartmouth College, where he was a member of the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity. He was also a part of the humor magazine, Dartmouth Jack-O-Lantern, rising to the rank of Editor in Chief. He enrolled in Lincoln College, Oxford, to earn a D.Phil. In English, but left without a degree.
Once Dr. Seuss returned to the United States from Oxford in February 1927, he started submitting writings and drawings to magazines, book publishers, and advertising agencies. It took about five months for his first nationally published cartoon to appear. This encouraged him to move to New York from Springfield.
Later in the same year, he accepted the position of writer and illustrator at the humor magazine, ‘Judge’. Once he was financially stable, he married his love interest, Helen. Until this point, Dr. Seuss was being published with his original name. His first work to be signed Dr. Seuss was published six months after joining Judge Magazine.
Dr. Seuss gained popularity after one of his cartoons was signed for the ‘Flit’ ad campaign. He became an on-demand cartoonist, with his works appearing in popular magazines like Vanity Fair, Life, and Liberty. He became very wealthy from earnings in advertising works.
Dr. Seuss’s first children’s book was inspired while he was returning from an ocean voyage. It was a poem, and then a book. According to Dr. Seuss, the book was rejected by more than 20 publishers. He was planning to burn the manuscript until a chance encounter with a Dartmouth classmate led to the publication. He wrote four more books before the US entered World War II, at which point he turned to political cartoons.
Dr. Seuss wrote many of his children’s books in his later years, after he moved to La Jolla, California with his wife,
Dr. Seuss died of cancer on September 24, 1991. He has been received several posthumous awards.