Day in History 24 September – Dr. Seuss

On this day in 1991, author, poet and illustrator,  Dr. Seuss died of throat cancer at his home in La Jolla, California at the age of 87.  Born Theodore Seuss Geisel in Springfield, Massachusetts on 2 March 1904.  In my opinion, he was the best author and illustrator of children’s books.  Geisel published 46 children’s books, often characterized by imaginative characters, rhyme, and frequent use of anapestic meter.  His most celebrated books include the bestselling Green Eggs and Ham, The Cat in the Hat, The Lorax, One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish, Horton Hatches the Egg, Horton Hears a Who!, and How the Grinch Stole Christmas!.  Numerous adaptations of his work have been created, including 11 television specials, four feature films, a Broadway musical and four television series.  He won the Lewis Carroll Shelf Award in 1958 for Horton Hatches the Egg and again in 1961 for And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street.  Geisel also worked as an illustrator for advertising campaigns, most notably for Flit and Standard Oil, and as a political cartoonist for PM, a New York City newspaper.  During World War II, he worked in an animation department of the United States Army, where he wrote Design for Death, a film that later won the 1947 Academy Award for Documentary Feature.  Christmas would not be Christmas without watching and reading How the Grinch Stole Christmas.  Geisel married twice; children’s author Helen Palmer (1927 – 1967 her death) and Audrey Stone Dimond (1968 – 1991 his death).  The Final Footprint – Geisel was cremated and his ashes were scattered.  The University Library Building at the University of California at San Diego was renamed the Geisel Library in his honor.  The Dr. Seuss National Memorial Sculpture Garden in Springfield features bronze sculptures of Geisel and many of his characters.  Geisel’s birthday, March 2, has been adopted as the annual date for National Read Across America Day, an initiative on reading created by the National Education Association

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