The Seuss, the Whole Seuss, and Nothing but the Seuss

The Seuss, the Whole Seuss, and Nothing but the Seuss

A Visual Biography of Theodor Seuss Geisel

Book - 2004
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Theodor Seuss Geisel, creator of Horton the Elephant, the Grinch, the Cat in the Hat, and a madcap menagerie of the best-loved children's characters of all time, stands alone as the preeminent figure of children's literature. But Geisel was a private man who was happier at the drawing table than he was across from any reporter or would-be biographer. Under the thoughtful scrutiny of Charles D. Cohen, Geisel's lesser known works yield valuable insights into the imaginative and creative processes of one of the 20th century's most original thinkers.
Publisher: New York : Random House, c2004.
ISBN: 9780375822483
Characteristics: ix, 390 p. :,ill. ;,cm.


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Jul 20, 2010

Dr. Seuss is a household name. We all know that Horton heard a Who and that the Grinch stole Christmas. But did we know that Theodor Seuss Geisel (1904-1991) first penned cartoons for Dartmouth College?s literary magazines in the early 1920s? Are we familiar with Geisel?s advertisements for Flit bug spray? Thanks to Charles D. Cohen?s extensive biography, we are now. The Seuss, the Whole Seuss, and Nothing But the Seuss offers a retrospective of Geisel?s life and art with a particular emphasis on his pre-children?s book days. Here we meet Geisel way back when he was a boy in rural Massachusetts, back when he was an ad man for Standard Oil and General Electric, back when he was a political cartoonist during World War II, back before he was Dr. Seuss. The whimsical animal-esque characters are present from day one, even if they are occasionally tempered by the commercial nature of his early work. And when the limits are lifted, watch out?richly reproduced examples of Geisel?s art cover the pages of this ?visual biography.? Cohen lets Geisel speak for himself as much as possible and excerpts from letters, interviews, and articles tell much of the artist?s story. What ultimately comes across, in all its absurd Seusssian glory, is the very real sense of a man whose creativity knew no bounds.

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