Theodor Seuss Geisel (March 2, 1904 – September 24, 1991) was an American children’s author, political cartoonist, illustrator, poet, animator, and filmmaker. He is known for his work writing and illustrating more than 60 books under the pen name Dr. Seuss. His birthday, March 2, has been adopted as the annual date for National Read Across America Day.
About Dr. Seuss in brief
Theodor Seuss Geisel (March 2, 1904 – September 24, 1991) was an American children’s author, political cartoonist, illustrator, poet, animator, and filmmaker. He is known for his work writing and illustrating more than 60 books under the pen name Dr. Seuss. His work includes many of the most popular children’s books of all time, selling over 600 million copies and being translated into more than 20 languages by the time of his death. His birthday, March 2, has been adopted as the annual date for National Read Across America Day, an initiative on reading created by the National Education Association. Geisel won the Lewis Carroll Shelf Award in 1958 for Horton Hatches the Egg and again in 1961 for And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street. He also worked in the animation and film department of the U.S. Army where he wrote, produced or animated many productions – both live-action and animated – including Design for Death, which later won the 1947 Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature. His first cartoon appeared in the July 16, 1927, issue of The Saturday Evening Post. He was encouraged in his writing by professor of rhetoric W. Benfield Pressey, whom he described as his \”big inspiration for writing\” at Dartmouth. He left Oxford in 1927 to begin his career as an illustrator and cartoonist for Vanity Fair, Life, and various other publications.
He wrote classics like If I Ran the Zoo, Horton Hears a Who!, If I. Ran the Circus, The Cat in the Hat, How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, and Green Eggs and Ham. He published his first children’s book And to think That I saw It on mulberry Street in 1937. He married Helen Judge on October 22, 1927. He died in 1991 in New York City after a long battle with lung cancer. His last book, The Cabbagetown Story, was published in 1994. He had a son, David, with his wife, Mary, and a daughter, Julia, with whom he had two sons, Michael and Daniel. He has a daughter with his third wife, Susan, who he had with his fourth wife, Victoria. He and his wife had three children, Michael Geisel, Jr., a boy and a girl, both of whom were born in 1961. He lived in Springfield, Massachusetts, until his death in 1991, when he moved to New York to be with his daughter, Victoria, and his son, Michael, in a New York apartment. He spent his last years living in Queens, New York, and later moved to Los Angeles, California, where he lived with his second wife, Peggy, and their three children. He worked as a cartoonist and illustrator for magazines, book publishers, and advertising agencies. He went on to have a successful career as a writer and artist. He later died in a car accident in 1993 in New Jersey.