Theodor Seuss Geisel: The Real Dr. Seuss

There’s a man who is known for the tales
he has sown; Told to children young and almost full-grown. One sly cat dons a hat, one kind Horton hears
a Who. And a Grinch who stole Christmas got a new
heart, too. He was a Dr. named Seuss, but not a doctor
at all. Just a man who loved writing for both big
and small. On today’s Biographics, we offer
The story of Ted Geisel, the American author. School Days
Theodor Seuss Geisel was born in 1904 to German immigrants. His father owned a very successful brewery
in Springfield, Massachusetts. As a child, his favorite pastime was to go
to the zoo with his family every Sunday. He was so good at drawing animals, that his
father bought him a sketchbook that he added to every weekend, and his mom allowed him
to paint on the walls of his bedroom. His animals always looked like caricatures,
and from a young age, they could tell that he had a whimsical imagination. After prohibition in the 1920’s, his father
could no longer run the brewery, and actually chose to become the head of the Springfield
Zoo instead. Ted Geisel could now go to the zoo and sketch
the animals as often as he wanted, and he continued to do so for the rest of his life. Growing up during World War I, many children
in school would make fun of Geisel, calling their family drunken Germans. This stereotype only intensified during prohibition,
since their family’s livelihood came from making beer. This isolated him from a lot of his other
peers. He spent a lot of time alone, and was mostly
an introvert. With the close friends he did have, he would
use his good sense of humor to cope with the bad times. He was accepted to Dartmouth College, and
he started drawing short comics for their humor magazine. In his senior year, Geisel became the editor,
and this was the beginning of a lifelong literary career. One night, the dean caught Geisel drinking
an illegal bottle of bootleg gin and having a party in his dorm, so he was removed from
his position as editor. He decided to secretly continue contributing
to the magazine, but went by the pen name “Dr. Seuss”. Seuss was his mother’s maiden name, and
when he was born, his parents made it his middle name. In German, it’s actually pronounced “Zoice”,
but everyone always got it wrong when reading it with an American accent. So he decided to just let people call him
“Seuss”. Even though he did not have a doctorate, he
chose to go by “Dr.” instead of “Mr.”, because he father had hoped his interest in
animals meant he would one day go to veterinary school, but he chose to be an artist and writer
instead. After graduating from Dartmouth, he move to
England to attend graduate school at the University of Oxford. He planned to become a professor, but ended
up leaving after just one semester to move to New York City. He was writing funny ads and illustrating
them with is characters, and he was able to publish his first cartoon in the Saturday
Evening Post in 1927. In the beginning, Ted Geisel fully intended
to write jokes for adults, but his ad contract forbid him from publishing any comics in the
funny papers, because his clients felt that it would be in direct competition. However, the contract never mentioned children’s
books, which is why he decided to get started in that genre. He wrote his first children’s book, And
To Think I Saw It On Mulberry Street, but every publisher rejected him. The story is all about a young boy who uses
his imagination to elaborate over-the-top details about where he lives, while is something
that Geiseil always did as a child. Publishers saw this as encouraging children
to lie, and they thought it would set a bad example. At the time, children’s books were only
meant to teach kids moral lessons about manners and obeying their parents. They weren’t exactly enjoyable to read,
and there were very strict rules about what could or could not be in them. Geisel continued to draw ads in New York,
but he eventually ran into one of his old friends from Dartmouth, who just so happened
to have gotten a job at Vanguard Press. His friend helped him get Mulberry Street
published. The book only saw modest success, but it was
still getting his foot in the door of the industry. The Dr. Seuss books continued to feature stories
where children were getting into some kind of trouble. His stories were fun, and so much more than
a thinly veiled lecture. He did have to adjust write to market, though,
and in 1940, Dr. Seuss switched over to Random House, and he published a book called Horton
Hatches the Egg, which gives a moral lesson for children about loyalty and keeping promises. This book became far more successful than
any of his other previous titles. But on the brink of America’s involvement
in World War II, Geisel was about to take a very long break from writing children’s
stories. American Propaganda, and Taking On Hollywood
For a very long time, Ted Geisel stopped sketching pictures of whimsical creatures, and began
drawing Hitler, instead. He felt that political cartoons were so important,
that he started working for a liberal newspaper called PM, which published his political commentary. For years, the United States refused to get
involved with the war, and Geisel strongly believed that the country needed to help the
people suffering in Europe. He finally got his wish, though, because The
United States entered World War II in December of 1941. Geisel wanted to join and serve in the army,
but he was already in his late 30’s, which was far too old. But he enlisted anyway, and after looking
over his resume, the army recruiter made him into one of the propaganda “playwrights”,
and he earned the title of Captain Geisel. They moved Ted Geisel and his wife out to
Los Angeles, and put him in charge of the animation unit. This is where they worked on propaganda cartoons
for the US Army called “Private Snafu”, which were very popular among the new army
recruits. Dr. Seuss wasn’t the only famous name to
come out of the army playwrights, though. Chuck Jones, who was the animator of Looney
Tunes, and he directed the cartoon series. Stan Lee of Marvel Comics was also one of
the playwrights, as well. Ted Geisel wrote and directed several propaganda
films, including ones that were called “Your Job in Germany” and “Your Job in Japan”. At the time, he was criticized for being too
sympathetic towards the enemy countries, but after the war was over in 1945, these movies
were edited into a feature length documentary called Designed for Death, which eventually
won an Academy Award. In 1947, he took advantage of this public
recognition by publishing another children’s book called Mcelligot’s Pool, which was his
first book in 7 years. In 1950, Geisel wrote an animated short called
Gerald McBoing Boing, and it won the Academy Award for best animated film. After winning these two Oscars, he did what
most people do in Hollywood, which was write full-length screenplay called The 5,000 Fingers
of Dr. T. in 1953. The movie is a live-action musical about a
young boy whose piano teacher is an evil villain bent on kidnapping children and forcing them
to play his giant piano forever. In the first draft of the movie, the entire
story played out very much like his books. He also wrote songs that made the movie fast-paced
and exciting. Everything went downhill when the Hollywood
executives pushed back, saying that the movie needed an adult love interest and jokes written
for the benefit of the parents. So they cut half of his songs, and hired a
second screenwriter. The revisions ruined the story, and it flopped
in the box office. If you watch the movie, it’s easy to spot
the very funny and crazy moments written by Dr. Seuss mixed with the traditional Hollywood
drama that made the movie drag on forever. Today, 5,000 Fingers has become a cult classic,
because it is so terrible, it’s actually kind of good. Ted Geisel said that it was the biggest failure
of his career, and that he would never trust executives to make another movie again. A New Purpose
After taking a long break from writing new books, Ted Geisel learned that children’s
literacy rates in the United States were dramatically low. So he decided to do something about it. This is when he wrote The Cat in the Hat,
and it was published in 1957, when he was 53 years old. He purposely wrote the book with a very simple
225-word vocabulary, to ensure that nearly every elementary school child was able to
read it. This book exploded in popularity, and it truly
did help increase children’s literacy rates. By 1960, it sold over a million copies, and
parents were now searching for more Dr. Seuss books that he had published in the past. One of Geisel’s friends gave him the challenge
of reducing the vocabulary down to a mere 50 words, and he accepted. This is when he wrote Green Eggs and Ham,
which was equally as successful as The Cat in the Hat. He proved that writing doesn’t have to be
about showing off a big vocabulary. The important thing is to tell a good story,
and he was a genius at doing just that. Geisel became head of children’s literature
at Random House, and edited his own books, as well as contributed to the popular Berenstain
Bears series. Now that Geisel was in charge, he made the
new goal of the Random House children’s book department to make the stories as simple
as possible, so that children would understand every word, and enjoy the book they were reading,
instead of struggling. This way, it would improve children’s literacy,
because they would feel good about the experience, and crave reading more books. A lot of famous authors wanted to be apart
of this project, including Charlie and the Chocolate Factory author Roald Dahl and even
Breakfast at Tiffany’s author Truman Capote tried to pitch their manuscripts to Geisel. But even though they were both amazing writers
in their own right, their children’s books were rejected for not fully understanding
the simplicity he was looking for. Geisel worked 7 days a week writing and illustrating,
and published at least one new Dr. Seuss book every single year. The stories seem simple, but he once said
that he wrote over 1,000 pages before he could narrow the story down to 60. Over the course of his lifetime, he authored
and co-authored 66 books. Personal Life
Throughout his life, Ted Geisel got to enjoy the success of having a superstar pen name
without the annoying and invasive parts of being a celebrity. Even though his picture was in newspapers
across the country, and he received over 1,000 fan letters a day, very few children actually
knew what the real Dr. Seuss looked like. So he could still blend into society without
drawing a lot of attention to himself. At cocktail parties in New York and Los Angeles,
Ted was worried that people would expect a lot of him, so he would tell elaborate stories,
but only speak to one or two people before retreating into another room to read, smoke,
or have a quiet conversation. Even though he was quiet, he was always playing
jokes. Whenever an adult asked for his autograph,
he would write a long and elaborate fake name in the book, and hand it back the them. He was an introvert, so socializing wore him
out in general, and he was always afraid that his true self- Ted Geisel- was incredibly
boring, compared to the whimsical persona of Dr. Seuss. On the contrary, friends said that they believed
that the select few people he chose to speak to were incredibly lucky, and everyone thought
he was interesting. He just didn’t believe it, himself. You would think that for a man who wrote children’s
books, he would have loved being around kids. But the truth is that he often felt uncomfortable
about children, and said that they are just like socializing with adults. Some are great, while others can be real jerks,
and he could only handle it for short periods of time. But he had to learn to cope, especially when
his stories like The Cat in the Hat became popular, and his agent encouraged him to go
on a book tour. One time, at a shopping mall, he slipped away
from the crowd of children. He started playing pranks on mall employees
by altering the displays, and his agent caught him changing the prices of designer shoes
to make them less expensive. Ted did not want to disappoint the kids, because
he knew that when children imagined “Dr. Seuss”, they expected to see someone out
of Whoville, but he was just a normal guy. After a few awkward speeches at elementary
schools, he eventually decided to stop being himself, and act like “Dr. Seuss.” He started speaking in sing-songy rhymes that
he wrote ahead of time, and thought of clever answers to frequently asked questions. After he started essentially playing a character,
he felt much more comfortable. Even though Dr. Seuss wrote children’s stories
that were loved all around the world, his personal life was far more complicated. The story of the women he fell in love with
became one of the main scandals of his life. But in order to tell the whole story, we need
to go back in time to his college years. While he was a student at Oxford, Ted Geisel
met a fellow American English major named Helen Palmer. She was five years older than he was, and
almost ready to graduate with her Master’s. She sat behind Ted in class, and when she
saw his sketches of animals, she encouraged him to become an artist instead of a professor. He dropped out after only spending one semester
in Oxford, but Helen graduated. They got married soon after, and moved to
New York City together. She would eventually go on to publish several
children’s books of her own. For the majority of their marriage, Helen
and Ted had a very happy relationship, and they were very supportive of one another’s
work. As a young girl, Helen survived having polio. Because of her poor health, she was not able
to have children of her own. But they enjoyed the freedom of not having
children. He and Helen traveled to 30 different countries
together. They purchased their dream home in San Diego,
California that overlooked the community of La Jolla, and they even had a watch tower
on top of a mountain. Helen would edit his work, giving feedback
and also taking care of the household while Ted worked in his office. For a long time, they had as close to “perfect”
as a marriage could be. In 1954, just a year after his Hollywood movie
flopped, Helen was diagnosed with Guillain-Barré Syndrome, which is an incredibly painful condition
where the body’s immune system attacks its own nerves. She became completely paralyzed, and was placed
inside of an iron lung. If she were to leave this huge metal container,
Helen wouldn’t have been able to breath on her own. For a while, they thought that she might die. Ted Geisel stopped writing and illustrating
completely, giving up everything in his life to be by her side. Even today, there is still no cure for Guillain-Barré
Syndrome. Helen had to go through intensive therapy
to learn to walk and talk again, but she continued to be very sick without much recovery time
in-between. To make matters worse, she was eventually
diagnosed with terminal cancer. Like anyone who’s feeling ill, Helen was
no longer acting like her usual self. They started sleeping in separate bedrooms,
and their relationship became more of a friendship. Ted went on to have a secret affair with a
married woman named Audrey Dimond, who was neighbors and friends with the couple. Even though he had fallen in love with someone
else, he never left his wife. But when Helen was 69 years old, she found
out about the affair, and she couldn’t handle the possibility that he may leave her. She felt that she was far too old and ill
to start her life over and try to move on with someone else. In 1967, she killed herself, leaving a suicide
note that was just as lyrical as their children’s books. Helen died of a drug overdose, and Ted was
completely beside himself with guilt and grief. He blamed himself for her death, and said,
“I didn’t know whether to kill myself, burn the house down.” Audrey Stone Dimond divorced her husband,
and they got married the following year. Audrey was 18 years younger than Geisel, and
she had two daughters, who were 9 and 14 at the time. She sent them to boarding school, because
she knew that they were unhappy about the divorce. The entire community of La Jolla judged Audrey
and Ted harshly, and they were shunned by many of their friends and neighbors, because
they blamed them for Helen’s death. Audrey and Ted stayed together until his death,
and he credited her helping him find his love for writing again, and get a second chance
at life. For the first time, he got to experience being
a step-father and grandfather. He wrote, “Sometimes, when I see my granddaughters
make small discoveries of their own, I wish I were a child.” Legacy
In 1984, Ted Geisel won the Pulitzer Prize in Children’s Literature, and his stories
were translated into 30 languages. Dr. Seuss is now considered to be a classic
author who is taught to each new generation, and his books continue to be reprinted today. Theodor Geisel was diagnosed with mouth cancer
from years of smoking, and he died in 1991 at age 87. Three weeks before his death, he asked for
a bed to be moved into his office so that he could be surrounded by the sketches and
sculptures of his characters, and have a view of the mountains from his picture window. When he was alive, Ted Geisel did not want
any merchandise or movies to be made from his books. However, after he died, his wife, Audrey,
became in charge of the Seuss brand. She chose to allow the licensing to make toys,
games, and Hollywood films, so long as she was able to oversee the creative decisions
to make sure it would have been up to Ted’s standards. Some people have criticized her, saying that
it’s exploitation. But she believes that in today’s ever-changing
world of children’s media, the Dr. Seuss stories may have not lasted as long as they
have if they didn’t get a modern makeover. Audrey was right, and her decisions have helped
keep his legacy alive. He appeared on the 2018 Forbes list of richest
dead celebrities. His books sold 4.8 million copies and earning
$16 million in 2017 alone. His estate is currently worth around $75 Million. Today, Audrey Geisel is 97 years old. She gives a huge portion of the proceeds from
her husband’s royalties to the Dr. Seuss Foundation, which is a non-profit organization
that donates money to various causes. So, all of the money from those new Dr. Seuss
movie remakes are actually going to pay for college scholarships, libraries, school art
programs, and cancer research. Surely, Ted Geisel would be happy to know
that even years after his death, his stories are still making a difference with children

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  • 11:30 and here i was hoping you were jumping into another "Suesssisn" rhyming story…

  • The new movies about his stories are so horrible. I know people can like what they want, but it's honestly sad for me. My brother even says that Jim Carrey's version of The Grinch is the best version, soley because it's funnier. I can agree that Jim Carrey can crack me up more than an egg, but that movie betrays the source material like nobody's business. And Mike Meyers' version of The Cat in the Hat is just atrocious!

    To quote Doug Walker (a.k.a. Nostalgia Critic), "by adding adult humor, it makes the movie more childish. Modernizing the dialog makes it more dated. And changing the story shows how much the writers don't respect the source material." And that's because the books are already perfect. The only thing that shows decency for Dr. Suess's books are the old cartoons. Everything else is merely an embarrassment

  • Dr. Seuss's wife literally said she killed herself so she wouldn't have to live with making him unhappy. So it was his fault that she offed herself. Either way he was a genius.

  • My elementary school (Milton Bradley Elementary) was actually on the same street as his childhood house. The school made a huge deal of his birthday every year, a man dressed as cat in the hat would come to school and we would have a little party in the cafeteria.

  • Soooo you’re going to ignore that he was racist???? Google it.

  • I noticed the rhymes

  • I love the way you address the good and the bad of people’s lives

  • I loved Gerald McBoing Boing as a child. I had no idea it was the a of Dr. Seuss. Thanks for sharing that info.

  • thanks for this, I have always loved his books, and raised my kids on them, my son, in particular loved the cat in the hat and we read it so often, he knew it by heart by 4 and it could sight read it by 5 when his little sister came along he was 6, he promptly declared her "his" baby, except, of course at diaper change time, then it was an indignant "your baby stinks!" once she was 2 he would read it to her, sitting her on his lap just as he had sat on mine, it was the cutest thing ever

  • I'm sorry but, Audrey was NOT right, in How the Grinch Stole Christmas, the Whos are having a key party, that was criminal!

  • I would not watch this on a boat, I would not watch it with the coat, I will not watch it with an ox, I will not watch it with the fox.

    but I will watch it under my covers. best way to learn about a man who made our childhood wonders.

  • Simon, please make a biography episode about karl steffanson

    Attempt #2

  • He actually didn’t like children

  • Dr. Suess and his second wife were some world class douchebags.

  • Gotten??

  • “As the drugs stopped numbing the pain, the sex got even more violent”-Dr.Suess

  • Now I’m more committed than ever before to finally try my hand at making green eggs and ham.

  • great video!! I learned to read with Dr. Seuss ( I'm 49 ) How about Charles Shultz? I grew up with Snoopy too.

  • I love your videos. But tell the WHOLE truth, including the fact that he did lots of racist cartoons. It broke my heart when I found out…but I'm glad I know.

  • I'm a huge fan of this series and the movie. I never knew they made these. Thanks for uploading this video.

  • My first of dr Seuss is green eggs and ham

  • Ted would be turning in his grave if he knew about the Cat in the Hat movie.

  • I remembered learning about dr seuss when i was in gr 2 and i thought they said his first wife died after she was struck by a car on the sidewalk. I guess not…

  • “WHAT?!” 😂

  • Can you do one on Colonel Sanders please?

  • Honestly, I'm more impressed at someone who can write a classic in a few hundred words than several thousand. That takes MUCH more talent.

  • I am Sam, Sam I am, I do not like Green Eggs and Ham.

  • Thanks for this story about Dr. Seuss. My kids had all the books when they were small. They loved them and I had to read them over and over again. The rhymes really made it fun. I never knew anything about his life, though, so I'm glad to have seen this video.

  • Is it that hard to get a fucking pop filter

  • Shout out to the man that made my childhood Mr.Geisel

  • I have a copy of "Dr. Seuss Goes to War" and "Tom Peeping and the Seven Little Peepings, by Dr. Seuss. The latter is the story of Lady Godiva, and Tom Peeping and his brothers. Few know about it. It is very rare.

  • did anyone read the "pale green pants with nobody inside them" when they were a kid?

  • Amazing story, thanks so much for sharing.

  • Ugh. When I was in grade school, the school held an assembly and showed the 5000 Fingers movie. I was terrified by that movie, hate it. Because I was being forced, by mom, to take piano lessons and I was so not musical. Many years later I found a VHS version of that movie and gave it to my best friend, who had grown up with me and had seen that same movie. When she opened the package, she shrieked and dropped the cassette. She too had been negatively affected by that movie. I didn't learn until seeing that cassette that it was a Dr. Seuss story. I still can't watch that movie. It was nice to learn about Dr. Seuss's background, I'm not sure I even once wondered about it but I have loved the Cat in the Hat stories forever. Just keep that horrid 5000 Fingers away from me.

  • Food on her. If I developed something and my survivors exploited it. I would be happy that my legacy was useful.

  • I am very disappointed that no mention was made of Dr. Seuss’ racist propaganda aimed at dehumanizing Japanese Americans during WWII. Such propaganda made Executive Order 9066 possible, resulting in the internment of over 100,000 people with Japanese ancestry.

  • The Cat in the Hat was my first book. I read it at 8 after years of struggling. I was gifted at math and art. But my reading ability struggled to develop. In adulthood I learned that it was Autism. But I struggled for years, often crying because I couldn't read. The Cat in the Hat changed that. I'm now a large advocate for the Dr. Seuss books having bought a lot of used ones up to donate to libraries wherever I live.

  • Can you do one about the Berenstain Bears and how they found Jesus? That would be a hoot.

  • Love the sporadic Seuss-like rhymings in the script. The interjection at 4:42 is priceless! I laughed my buns off.

  • How bout Kurt Vonnegut?

  • Please do Jim Henson.

  • AWWW.

  • Dr. Seuss was my childhood

  • Simon!!! You gotta do a Biographics, on Charles Bukowski. Please look him up and see for yourself.

  • Great story!

  • the kids are unhappy about the divorce, so just send them to bording school?
    i bet that really helped their relationship to their mother.

  • You should do one of Herodotus the father of History!!!

  • I just hope we never have to hear about how he was yet another beloved public figure with a horrible past.
    There's just too many rhymes, the internet could never survive the avalanche of Dr Seuss & the Boys Caboose jokes. Green Eggs and Ham alone is literally a gold mine of potential jokes

  • This man was sleeping with another woman while his wife was fighting cancer. That wife later comitted suicide because she couldn't imagine a life without him.

    Charming fellow.

  • I was born the day he died and have always loved writing

  • Money aside, the books are what's inportant. It would be a sadder world with out Dr. Seuss stories.

  • I still refuse to believe that it’s spelled “Berenstain” and not Berenstein

  • I love that man. He did spark my creative mind in word play and compassion. Go Dog Go is etched in the fondest of childhood memories.

  • Do Shel Silverstein!

  • Thanks Simon…

  • And he was not suess at all . He was an ass.
    Great books tho but I feel like him and the Cat in the hat have the same personality


  • Simon the rhyme was Amazing!!! I love your details of even the font was perfect!! Wonderful video too. 😁

  • Good show. What an introduction! Loved it. Your channels are the best information channels that I have seen on YouTube.

  • Best intro EVER!!!! I wish everyone could be as whimsical and free-spirited as Dr. Seuss. Who cares if it's pronounced wrong? If it rhymes with something cool, he'd be the first to let you say it however you'd want.

    He actually changed the shape of kid lit forever. Thank goodness!!! I still have the "ABC" book memorized because my son wanted it every night. He's 30.

  • Dr. Seuss definitely had bars for days

  • My son's and I are obsessed with your channel we love learning the history of some many people so thank you so much for making learning fun

  • As an adult, I actually read a lot, between 10-15 novels a year. My mom read while we ate lunch when I was preschool age. I would get one of my Dr. Suess books and pretend to read too. I was probably only about 4 or 5 at the time. I still remember that. Great memory of time with my mom. This would have been early 70's. In my 20's I could read a Dr. Seuss book to my kids and not even actually read. I had read them so much I had them memorized. I would use different voices for each character. Makes me feel small to know that I will never affect that many people and thankful for the types of people. Thank you, Dr Seuss for this gift and I so enjoyed the fantasy. I was that kid whose mind wandered.

  • Beautiful!

  • I like the Dr Seuss writing. It's cool to see the font is so Seuss like.

  • Do Mozart or and Beethoven next

  • Don't cry because it's over be happy because it happened

    Dr. Seuss

  • "What!!!?!?" Got me dead 💀

  • "…began drawing Hitler instead. WHAT!?!"😳 You made me spill my fucking BEER with that one!🍺😂

  • Please explain to me why they are calling his beloved books racist?? I grew up with them n even as an adult never ever once saw any of that in any book…..☹️

  • Quick fact the Zoo is actually known as the Forest Park Zoo. Born and raised 5 minute walk from it. Come see Forest Park and you'll see the places that inspired his art. "Oh The Places You Will Go!" If you visit his hometown!

  • Great job. Excellent as always. Recommend another Doctor – Red Duke. Another great story.

  • That's what you call a legacy: making a difference and impacting lives for the better even after death!

  • this is the first time i am seeing his face

  • In regards to the topic of Dr. Seuss and children, I once read that his second wife said she believed Dr. Seuss was afraid of children. He was known to say, "You have 'em(children). I'll amuse 'em".

  • Thank you, so much! His books were instrumental in developing my love for reading. I owe that man a debt of gratitude! Thank you, Dr. Seuss!

  • If they would’ve kept it with the animated movies such as the original grinch movie , I think it would’ve been ok
    But no
    Hollywood butchered Dr. Seuss’s legacy to pieces

  • <soap box> 8:55 Dear closed captioning writer… "a part" means: to be included in as a piece of. "apart" means to be to excluded or cut off or away from. The inclusion or exclusion of the space is a VERY important part of the word. "To be a part of" the group instead of being "apart from" the group. </soap box>

  • Boy did Geisels 2nd wife hate the live action film "The Cat in the Hat"….she was so angry about the sexual innuendos Hollywood put in it that she said never alive action film about my husbands works will be made again while i live! 😂😂😂 dont blame her,the movie was tripe

  • Love the Seuss style opening! I had a ton of those books as a kid. Fav channel on YouTube.

  • My uncle was the first officer on the scene to discover this wonderful writer dead in his home, in his bedroom beside his snoring pug dog. I learned that recently, though that is a severely summarized version.

    This is one of my favorite authors but it's always interesting to learn how everything is connected together in one way or another.

  • Please do one on Bob Marley.

  • So you are just going to jump over his Anti-Jewish past and his racist cartoons…. Wow. I thought more of you. I have been watching your YouTube videos for a long time. Have they all been grossly incomplete?

  • Type into Google "Dr Seuss political cartoons" and you will find a lot of incredible political cartoons that he did before and during WWII that are easy to understand even though it was for an entirely different era with an entirely different political landscape

  • I grew up reading Dr. Seuss books as did my kids & now my grandkids. My oldest daughter loved the ABC book so much that I have the meaning to each letter still memorized. She's 40 now 😁🤣

  • My daughter's favorite was Green Eggs and Ham. I think I read it every day for a solid year…well looked like I was 📚. By a week I had it memorized.

  • As Theodore Geisel was the son of German immigrants, I find it odd that his family name in German means "hostage."

  • Audrey sent her daughters to boarding school because Ted didn't want children in his house and he told her that she had to choose between her daughters and him. Look it up. He was kind of a sh&*.

  • A Truly Wonderful man. It is only fitting that his legacy continues to this day, and that Iegacy continues to do such great work.

  • LOVE THIS! Thank you!

  • Is the way this guy talks in this video deliberate?

  • What a cool mom. Letting him paint on the walls if his room.

  • I lived in Springfield as a child,

  • You skated right over Geisel’s armada. He had a vast career about a popular people in petroleum use in yachts.

  • What about The 500 Hats of Bartholemew Cubbins” and “If I Ran the Zoo” and “If I Ran the Circus”?

  • He was drinking with his fraternity brothers! SigEp!

  • Horton hears his neighbors in bed

  • Great biographical documentary!

  • So his wife did all the scut work, while he worked in his office at home — and that's a pretty "perfect" life? For whom? And, then she's down for the count and he hooks up with someone 17 years younger? Good lord. Will love to hear history that is as much herstory…

  • Thank you sir, I have a project due tomorrow and this was very helpful

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