Remembering Dr. Seuss
Dr. Seuss, beloved weaver of nonsense and whimsy, passed away on this day 25 years ago. His body of work continues to serve the world in countless ways. Books like The Lorax and The Cat in the Hat teach reading skills, but also offer lessons in joy and moral philosophy. People–no matter how small–look to Suess for direction, inspiration, and lessons about shared humanity.
Many of you know Dr. Seuss for rhymes and whimsical words, but committed fans know Seuss by the name of Theodor Seuss Geisel. A glimpse at Dr. Seuss’s biography reveals his multifaceted life and incredible scope of experiences. Seuss was an academic, army captain, comic, film producer, ad-man, illustrator and above all things, a storyteller. He originally pursued a doctorate in English literature at Oxford University’s Lincoln College but left to pursue illustration. With brains in his head and feet in his shoes, he began his career drawing cartoons for advertisements, magazines, and publishers. With the onset of World War II, Dr. Seuss enrolled in the military. He worked with Hollywood director Frank Capra to produce and illustrate films and cartoons for United States servicemen. The war ended, and Seuss began an illustrious career as a children’s book author and illustrator, earning association with our most cherished memories: bedtime stories, library reading nooks, and beloved primary school classrooms.
Image Credit: Ted Geisel (Dr. Seuss) half-length portrait, seated at desk covered with his books / World Telegram Sun photo by Al Ravenna, 1957, Public Domain, via Wikimedia Commons.