Theodor Seuss Geisel, 1904 - 1991

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Born: 2 March 1904, Springfield, Massachusetts
Died: 24 September 1991, San Diego, California

Geisel's grandparents were German immigrants, his father (also Theodor) managed the family brewery until Prohibition and managed Springfield's public parks after the brewery closed. Geisel took an art class and managed the soccer team at Springfield Central High School, graduating in 1921, then went to Dartmouth College where he worked on the humor magazine, Dartmouth Jack-O-Lantern, at one time serving as editor-in-chief. That time ended when he was caught drinking gin in his dorm room, for which he was barred from all extracurricular activities. To evade the administration, he continued to submit work, signed with the name "Seuss". After graduating in 1925 he went to Lincoln College, Oxford with plans to earn a PhD in English literature, but Helen Palmer suggested he would be better off drawing than teaching English so he returned to the US where he landed a job as a writer and illustrator at Judge. Two months later he married Helen, soon he was signing his work "Dr. Seuss". He did well drawing for advertisers such as Flit (the insecticide), General Electric, NBC, and Standard Oil. In 1936 he wrote a poem inspired by the rhythm of the engines on an ocean voyage to Europe, it became his first children's book: And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street, which was rejected by 20 to 43 publishers before it was published by Vanguard. During the war his work turned political, he was commissioned a captain in the Army and commanded the First Motion Picture Unit of the US Army Air Forces. In 1954 the education division of Houghton Mifflin gave Geisel a list of 348 words that first graders should know and challenged him to cut that to 250 and write a book using only those words: The Cat in the Hat was published in 1957 with 220 words. He wrote and illustrated over forty titles, another dozen titles that were illustrated by others were signed "Theo. LeSieg" (Geisel backwards), and one by "Rosetta Stone". He died of oral cancer at his La Jolla, California home, where he had moved after the war. Geisel had no children, saying "You have 'em; I'll entertain 'em.".

Biography from Wikipedia and Cat in the Hat website

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