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Dr. Seuss / Theodore Geisel
(1904 - 1991)

Famous for children's books that adults loved, too, due to their unique illustrations and clever text (Cat in the Hat, Green Eggs and Ham, Horton Hears a Who). Suffered anti-German prejudice during WWI. At Oxford, future wife Helen Palmer noticed his drawing in class and encouraged his art. Sold first cartoon to Judge in 1927 and added Life and Saturday Evening Post to his credits. Use of the popular bug-spray FLIT in some of his cartoons caused the company to hire him for its advertising. Worked on Capra's "Why We Fight" films during WWII. His "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" became a perennial TV hit and a motion picture. "Seuss" is after his grandmother's maiden name; "Dr." was self-awarded since he never finished Oxford. Seuss also contributed to the language of English. The word "Nerd" first appeared in his If I Ran the Zoo.

Life, "Educational Charts" (1929) Seuss - 001

Liberty, "What Swing Really Does to People," by Benny Goodman (1938) Seuss - 002

Collier's "A Prayer for a Child" (1955) Seuss - 003

Life,"FLIT" (1930) Seuss - 004

College Humor, "At the Seuss School of Graphic Sciences" (1931) Seuss - 005

Judge, Ye Knyghts of ye Table Round" (1928) Seuss - 006

Life,"A Few Notes on the Shameful Paucity of American Words" (1934) Seuss - 007