The Man Behind the Hat “More and more tension as if over inflating a balloon until the readers can not stand waiting for the “pop!” and then there is no pop, just deflation of the balloon (Hurst 2).” A perfect example of a writer named Theodor Seuss Geisel, also known as “Dr. Seuss.” A man who some think created, “the world of imagination” as we know it in children’s literature. Theodor Seuss Geisel wrote and illustrated many books and sold millions of copies. He created catch phrases and captured the eyes of children all over the world. What made this man, Dr. Seuss such a well-known author by children and adults until this day? Theodor Seuss Geisel, “Dr.
Seuss,” was born March 2, 1904 in Springfield, Massachusetts. His father was the curator of the Forest Park Zoo. Seuss graduated from Dartmouth College. After his graduation Seuss started a career in advertising.
He created ads and drew cartoons for Flit, a pesticide company. Between making cartoons for Flit and his father working at the zoo, animals and ideas became some of the basis of his later work (Hurst 1).
Dr. Seuss’ first book was To Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street (Hurst 1).
He used a pen name, “Dr. Seuss.” He wanted to use his real name for more serious work. Seuss was Theodors’ middle name and he put Dr. in the front because his father had always wanted him to be a doctor (Hurst 1).
The Cat in the Hat series started when he was reading an article by the novelist John Hersey who observed what the “young readers” used in school were ridiculous. Seuss was told that he could only use words from the Do lch reading list. So he took 223 words and created a fun and exciting book worth children reading (Hurst 2).
In the Mark Twain story The Mysterious Stranger, Satan teaches Theodor that the Moral Sense that humans possess is more of an impairment than a gift. The first time Satan degrades Mans Moral Sense is when he use the term to explain the difference between himself and Man (66). Theodor, who only had a dim idea of what the Moral Sense was is upset at the way Satan speaks of it. Satan shows Theodor ...
Green Eggs and Ham, which was written in 50 vocabulary words, became the third best-selling book in the English Language. After The Cat in the Hat, Seuss printed 31 more children’s books and continued to receive many honors, including a Pulitzer Prize Award in 1984 and several Emmis.
He wrote and illustrated around 47 books and sold over 100 million copies in almost 18 different languages (Robinson 1).
Seuss and his wife, Helen Palmer, created a whole line of beginner books for young children. Geisel’s work were like journeys into nonsense. Magical worlds of trees, and and and nerds, where top hatted cats ran rampant through young children’s homes while parents were away. His illustrations are fascinating in that he really only drew one human face. All his people looked alike with minor adjustments.
His creatures look very plain and simple until you try to imitate them. His landscapes were remembered for their creation of distance. His rhymes were simple but yet too different from what everyone was used to seeing. Most of the time his stories included messages of important issues, from internationalism to environmentalism. In his 1984 best seller, the Butter Battle Book, he had a parable for the atomic age. A quote by the man, Dr.
Seuss, himself, “I like nonsense it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living. It’s a way of looking at the through the wrong end of a telescope. Which is what I do, and that enables you to laugh at life’s realities (Goodman 1).” Dr. Seuss had important moral beliefs. He believed in them enough to put them upon the youth of the world.
Dr. Seuss c lamed to write to please himself (Robinson 1).
Theodor Seuss Geisel was always able to see the child in himself and attempted to develop and explore that relationship. Dr. Seuss had no children of his own. Yet he loved children.
After his first wife, Helen Palmer, died in 1967, he married Audrey Stone Diamond, who was a mother of two children. Their names were Lea and Lark. Theodor Seuss Geisel, (Dr. Seuss) died September 24, 1991.
Dr. Seuss Dr. Seuss is one of the most well known children s authors of all time, and for good reason at that. With classic books such as Green Eggs and Ham, One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish, and Dr. Seuss s ABC s, children and adults alike are drawn to his imaginative stories and catchy style of writing. He makes reading fun by using rhyming words as well as including many colorful ...
He had asked not to have a planned out funeral so his body was cremated. Dr. Seuss was a great man and writer. He influenced people everywhere to look at life in a different way, a more fun and exciting way. He taught us moral lessons along with helping us have wild imaginations.
He has been made known to the world as a children’s author, and almost everyone today has learned something or can remember at least one or more of his funny stories. He had his own unusual style of writing which so many have loved and still love. Dr. Seuss will be remembered greatly by his books and all the skill and imagination he has put upon this world. Work Cited Goodman, Ellen.
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