Originally from Springfield, Massachusetts - Theodor Seuss Geisel (born March 2, 1904)] was a writer, cartoonist, animator, book publisher, and artist best known for authoring children's books under the now-famous pen name of "Dr. Seuss". His work (which made frequent use of the paradox of language) includes several of the most popular children's books of all time, selling over 600 million copies, worldwide, and being translated into more than 20 languages.
Geisel adopted his "Dr. Seuss" pen name during his studies at the University of Oxford. He left Oxford in 1927 to begin his career as an illustrator and cartoonist for Vanity Fair, Life, and various other publications. He published his first children's book "And To Think That I Saw It On Mulberry Street" in 1937. During World War II, he worked in an animation department of the United States Army where he produced several short films, including "Design For Death", which later won the 1947 Academy Award for Documentary Feature.
In "Dr, Seuss: American Icon" - Biographer, Philip Nel takes a close-up and in-depth look at the key aspects of Seuss's career which just so happened to coincide with the 20th Century's growing interest in creative and clever word-play, and the novelty of good-natured, child-oriented nonsense.
*Note* - On September 24, 1991 - Theodor Geisel (87 at the time) died from cancer.
(*Watch "Dr. Seuss" mini-bio video*)
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