Brian Jay Jones - Becoming Dr. Seuss: Theodor Geisel and the Making of an American Imagination — at Politics and Prose at Union Market
As Dr. Seuss, Theodor Seuss Geisel (1904-1991) wrote and illustrated more than sixty books, and nearly thirty years after his death many of these classics continue to sell as fast as ever. In his new biography, Jones, the author of bestselling lives of Jim Henson and George Lucas, recounts in detail the story of a man as colorful as the characters he invented. Geisel, who never had children, started drawing in college and then went into advertising, cartooning, and making training films during the Second World War. His shift into writing for children was gradual, driven by his determination to encourage children to read by making it fun—a focus that, along with the moral and environmental messages of books like The Lorax, revolutionized reading education.
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