Dr. Seuss is a well known children’s author and illustrator that is loved by many. In fact most of us probably grew up listening to his books being read to us as bedtime stories or reading and exploring the pages of his illustrations ourselves. Dr. Seuss, born Ted Seuss Geisel, had a knack for painting & drawing pictures that not only had bright colors and creative looking creatures, but also the ability to stand out in people’s minds. Readers not only coveted his uniquely told stories but also the artwork that went with them! Why? Because his art was something out of the norm and really got your imagination flowing. This is exactly why we have chosen to feature the great Dr. Seuss in this article! He took art and manipulated it with his own individuality, imagination, and perspective and in doing so he created a legacy that will forever stand throughout time & history. He was a man who went against the norm, which many people especially in the early 1900’s , weren’t quite sure about. He opened up a world of art and beauty that most of us could never imagine. Like we have said before in previous articles, pictures & any form of art holds more beauty and meaning than just meets the eye. The beauty that can be seen is interpreted by the viewer and can be different things for different people. After All isn’t that what art is all about!
Interesting Dr. Seuss Facts
- He often used antlers, bills, horns and such from zoo animals who had died to create unique taxidermy sculptures
- Dr Seuss graduated from Dartmouth College and also worked on the colleges magazine as an editor & contributor
- He got kicked off the college magazine after he was caught with alcohol during the prohibition! He refused to stop submitting his contributions and instead did so under the name T. Seuss. This is what helped lead him to his pen name Dr. Seuss
- His classmates at Dartmouth actually voted him less likely to succeed, he got the last laugh there didn’t he!
- He created a bug spray campaign with his quirky art and it was one of the most successful advertising campaigns of his time, lasting 17 years!
- In 1937 he published “And To Think I saw It On Mulberry Street” is VERY first children’s book.
- The book however, was rejected more than 20 times for being to “out of the norm” and he was going home to burn before it finally was published.
- Dr Seuss has earned 2 Academy awards for his work
- After An embarrassing encounter with President Theodore Roosevelt on stage he adapted severe stage fright & refused to give TV interviews or speak in public.
- He is actually credited for inventing the word “nerd” which appeared in his book “ If I Ran The Zoo” in 1950
These are just a few of the many facts that give us a bit more insight into who Dr. Seuss was and where his passion came from. What we love about this author and artist, is that he ditched what normal was perceived as and was uncoventionally himself. He let his art and writing speak to his viewers and readers and in doing so opened up a whole new world of characters and art that we are lucky to be able to see and read. Cheers to you Dr. Seuss, may your legacy and legend live on for eternity.