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Dr. Seuss

Illustrator / Writer
Date Of Birth:
2 March 1904
Date Of Death:
24 September 1991
Natural causes
Place Of Birth:
Springfield, Massachusetts

Name at birth: Theodor Seuss Geisel

Perhaps the 20th century's most famous author for children, Dr. Seuss wrote and illustrated nearly 50 books of quirky children's verse during his lifetime. His books were famous for their funny rhymes and whimsical characters; among Suess's most famous titles are The Cat in the Hat (1957), Green Eggs and Ham (1960), Horton Hears a Who (1954) and One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish (1960). Born Theodore Seuss Geisel -- Seuss was his mother's maiden name -- he began using pseudonyms for his drawings while a student at Dartmouth University. He graduated in 1925, and settled on the name "Dr. Seuss" a few years later. He spent a decade doing drawings for advertising and various publications until the arrival of his first book, And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street, in 1937. His 1957 story How the Grinch Stole Christmas was made into 1966 animated TV special (directed by Chuck Jones) and a 2000 feature film starring Jim Carrey as the Grinch. Dr. Seuss was awarded a Pulitzer Prize in 1984 "for his special contribution over nearly half a century to the education and enjoyment of America's children and their parents."
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Theodore Geisel died after an illness of several months, The New York Times noted in its obituary: “The exact cause of death was unclear, said Jerry Harrison, who oversees children’s books for Random House, Mr. Geisel’s longtime publishers. Mr. Harrison said the author had been suffering from an infection of his jawbone that had become acute in recent months”… Geisel attended Dartmouth College, graduating in 1925… He won an Academy Award for writing the best documentary short subject of 1945, Your Job in Germany (also known as Hitler Lives)… Jim Carrey also voiced Horton the Elephant in a 2008 feature film of Horton Hears a Who… Actor Mike Myers played the title role in a 2003 feature film of The Cat in the Hat… According to Random House, his longtime publisher, “If you want to pronounce the name the way his family did, say Zoice, not Soose. Seuss is a Bavarian name, and was his mother’s maiden name: Henrietta Seuss’s parents emigrated from Bavaria (part of modern-day Germany) in the nineteenth century.”

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