Facts about Dr. Seuss

Dr. Seuss died at 87 years old
Born: March 2, 1904
Best known as: Author of The Cat In the Hat


Dr. Seuss Biography

Name at birth: Theodor Geisel

Perhaps the 20th century’s most famous author for children, Dr. Seuss wrote and illustrated nearly 50 books of quirky children’s verse during his lifetime. His books were famous for their funny rhymes and whimsical characters; among Suess’s most famous titles are The Cat in the Hat (1957), Green Eggs and Ham (1960), Horton Hears a Who (1954) and One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish (1960).

His story How the Grinch Stole Christmas (1957) was made into 1966 animated TV special (directed by Chuck Jones) and a 2000 feature film starring Jim Carrey as the Grinch. Dr. Seuss was awarded a special Pulitzer Prize in 1984.

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Theodore Geisel died after an illness of several months, The New York Times noted in its obituary: “The exact cause of death was unclear, said Jerry Harrison, who oversees children’s books for Random House, Mr. Geisel’s longtime publishers. Mr. Harrison said the author had been suffering from an infection of his jawbone that had become acute in recent months”… Geisel attended Dartmouth College, graduating in 1925… He won an Academy Award for writing the best documentary short subject of 1945, Your Job in Germany (also known as Hitler Lives)… Jim Carrey also voiced Horton the Elephant in a 2008 feature film of Horton Hears a Who… Actor Mike Myers played the title role in a 2003 feature film of The Cat in the Hat.


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