brief, rough biography of Dr. Seuss Here is
a brief, mostly correct, overview of Dr. Seuss,
Theodor Seuss Geisel.
Theodor Seuss Geisel was born 2
March 1904 in Springfield, MA. He graduated
Dartmouth College in 1925, and proceeded on
to Oxford University with the intent of acquiring
a doctorate in literature. At Oxford he met
Helen Palmer, who he wed in 1927.
returned from Europe in 1927, and began working
for a magazine called Judge, the leading humor
magazine in America at the time, submitting
both cartoons and humorous articles for them.
Additionally, he was submitting cartoons to
Life, Vanity Fair and Liberty. In some of his
works, he'd made reference to an insecticide
These references gained notice, and led to a
contract to draw comic ads for Flit. This association
lasted 17 years, gained him national exposure,
and coined the catchphrase "Quick, Henry, the
In 1936 on the way to a vaction in Europe, listening
to the rhythm of the ship's engines, he came
up with And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry
Street, which was then promptly rejected by
the first 43 publishers he showed it to. Eventually
in 1937 a friend published the book for him,
and it went on to at least moderate success.