Who is Dr. Seuss?

Fast Facts on Dr. Seuss

  • Dr. Seuss's real name is Theodore Seuss Geisel.
  • Born on March 2, 1904, in Springfield, Massachusetts. 
  • He started using his pen name after he was kicked off Dartmouth College's humor magazine editing board due to in 1925.
  • "Seuss" was his mother's maiden name, and she inspired him with his well-known rhymes. He used "Dr." as part of his name because his father always wanted him to be a doctor.
  • He never had any biological children. He always said, "You make them, I'll amuse them."
  • The first book he wrote and illustrated was And To Think I Saw it on Mulberry Street in 1937.
  • In 1942, Seuss made WWII propaganda films with Oscar-winning director Frank Capra.
  • Wrote and illustrated advertisements for General Electric, Standard Oil, and NBC.
  • Editor Bennett Cerf bet Dr. Seuss he couldn't write a book using 50 or fewer words. The result was 1960's Green Eggs and Ham.
  • Popularized the terms "nerd" and "grinch".
  • He has written and illustrated 4 children's books, 2 adult books, and has been translated in over 15 languages.
  • Died September 24, 1991.
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