Of Sneetches and Whos and the good Dr. Seuss: essays on the writings and life of Theodor Geisel- Thomas Fensch



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Introduction —
Chronology —
The wacky world of Dr. Seuss delights the child —
and adult —
readers of his books/Peter Bunzel —
Children’s friend/E.J. Kahn, Jr. —
25 years of working wonder with words/Helen Renthal —
“Then I doodled a tree”/Lewis Nichols —
Seuss for the goose is Seuss for the gander/Selma G. Lanes —
Dr. Seuss and the naked ladies: blowing the lid off the private life of America’s most beloved author/Carolyn See —
And, dear Dr. Seuss, the whole world’s in love with yeuss/George Kane —
The beginnings of Dr. Seuss: a conversation with Theodore S. Geisel/Edward Connery Lathem —
Dr. Seuss’s Green-eggs-and-ham world/Judith Frutig —
Dr. Seuss at 75: Grinch, Cat in Hat, Wocket and generations of kids in his pocket/Cynthia Gorney —
How the Grinch stole reading: the serious nonsense of Dr. Seuss/Warren T. Greenleaf —
The good Dr. Seuss/Jonathan Cott —
“Somebody’s got to win” in kids’ books: an interview with Dr. Seuss on his books for children, young and old/U.S. News & World Report —
The private world of Dr. Seuss: a visit to Theodore Geisel’s La Jolla mountaintop/Hilliard Harper —
Maurice Sendak and Dr. Seuss: a conversation/Glenn Edward Sadler —
On beyond zebra with Dr. Seuss/Rita Roth —
The cabinet of Dr. Seuss/Alison Lurie —
The mouse in the corner, the fly on the wall: what very young eyes see in picture books/Karla Kuskin —
Dr. Seuss and Dr. Einstein: children’s books and scientific imagination/Chet Raymo —
Turning loose/Sue Monk Kidd —
Dr. Seuss finally transcended the gender barrier/Jan Benzel —
Dr. Seuss remembered/Publishers Weekly —
He left us smiles/Leonard S. Marcus —
Oh, the places you’ve taken us: the reading teacher’s tribute to Dr. Seuss/Elizabeth B. Moje and Woan-Ru Shyu —
The doctor beloved by all/Stefan Kanfer —
Epitaph: green eggs and me/Peter W. Bernstein —
Appendix: all-time bestselling hardcover children’s books —
Annotated bibliography —

Children and adults alike remember Dr. Seusss cat in the hat, the culinary delight to be found in green eggs and ham, and the fate of the Grinch who stole Christmas. What few know is that Theodor Seuss Geisels first book came to him while returning from Europe aboard an ocean liner; he found himself obsessed with the throbbing of the ships engines and repeated the beat until the words of his first book, And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street, made it to the page. Over the years, he produced 21 of the best-loved children books of the 20th century, including The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins, Horton Hatches the Egg, Bartholomew and the Oobleck, and The Lorax. The 26 articles in this collection (from newspapers, magazines, the academic world and sources in between) provide a variety of perspectives on his work, from how and why he completely revolutionized children literature.