Dr. Seuss

Dr. Seuss

American Icon

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Published in time for the centenary of Seuss's birth in March 2004, Dr. Seuss: American Icon, celebrates one of the most influential authors and artists of the 20th century: Theodor Seuss Geisel, best known as 'Dr. Seuss'. Dr Seuss's ascendance from children's author to American icon confirms that his cultural significance rests not just with the beginning reader, but with the scholar, the artist, and the poet.

Seuss's Beginner Books(starting with The Cat in the Hat in 1957) have obscured the enormous range of his contributions to American literature. Similarly his art, unfairly overlooked because it appears in children's books, cartoons, and commercials, actually covers a range of styles, including Surrealism, Art Nouveau, and Cubism.

Bringing to light the adult perspective behind the children's writer, Philip Nel examines Seuss's lesser-known works, such as the 'adult book' The Seven Lady Godivas (1939), and the live-action musical The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T (1953). The book also features the most comprehensive Seuss bibliography ever produced, documenting his prodigious output.

As well as establishing Seuss's place among poets and artists, Dr. Seuss: American Icon links the Seuss people know and the Seuss people do not know.

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Dr. Seuss Theodore Seuss Geisel to the traffic cop is more than a popular writer of children's books, says Nel (English, Kansas State U.). He is also a distinctively American representative of children's literature, nonsense poetry, energetic cartoon surrealism, and the process of learning to read. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Publisher: New York : Continuum, 2004
ISBN: 9780826414342
Characteristics: xiv, 301 p. : ill. ; 24 cm
Alternative Title: Doctor Seuss

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Nov 13, 2016

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*)

Oct 03, 2014

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