Keith Everett

The Awkwardly Strange Story Of Dr Seuss: Fun, Depression And Racial Stereotypes

Theodor Seuss Geisel was born in 1904 and died in 1991. More than 600m copies of his books are in circulation, earning Dr Seuss Enterprises about $33m before tax in 2020, up from $9.5m in 2015, according to the company.

Dr Seuss was known for many famous sayings. One such saying was ” “Today you are You, that is truer than true. … BUT, what is also truer than true was Dr Seuss was never a Doctor, it was all part of his pen name and the fact that his father actually wanted him to become a real doctor.

What a lot of people didn’t know about Dr Seuss was that during his lifetime he suffered depression, financial worries and an awkwardness around children (weird, right?).

Most of the money made from his book empire was made after his death.

Onwards with the story..

In 2021 Dr Seuss Enterprises said it would cease publication of “And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street”, “If I Ran the Zoo”, “McElligot’s Pool”, “On Beyond Zebra”!, “Scrambled Eggs Super”! and “The Cat’s Quizzer” due to portrayals of racial stereotypes in the books. Of course, when these books were first written, times were different and attitudes of the day were unfair toward people of color.

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Dr Seuss provided some wonderful books for children over the years. Within these books were many opportunities to learn life lessons. These life lessons were dispensed in an often humorous way and children loved them.

Dr. Seuss, the beloved children’s author, captivated generations with whimsical tales and distinctive characters. Beyond the Cat in the Hat and Green Eggs and Ham, his life journey holds a peculiar charm. This blog post delves into the fascinating and eccentric aspects of Dr. Seuss’s story, revealing the man behind the iconic stories that continue to enchant readers worldwide.


Dr. Seuss, born Theodor Seuss Geisel, wasn’t just a master storyteller; he was a quirky, multi-faceted individual who left an indelible mark on children’s literature. His journey, marked by creative genius and a touch of eccentricity, is as intriguing as the fantastical worlds he crafted. Let’s embark on a whimsical exploration of the strange and wonderful life of Dr. Seuss.

The Cat in the Hat and Beyond

Dr. Seuss’s literary career took off with “The Cat in the Hat,” a revolutionary book that transformed children’s literature. However, few know that this iconic character emerged from a challenge to create a compelling primer using a limited set of vocabulary. This chapter unravels the creative process behind some of Seuss’s most beloved characters and stories.

Political Cartoonist Turned Children’s Author

Before enchanting children with his rhymes, Dr. Seuss navigated the political landscape. This chapter explores his early career as a political cartoonist during World War II, where his satirical drawings and witty commentary showcased his keen observations and commitment to social issues. Discover how his transition from political satire to children’s literature shaped his unique storytelling style.

The Grinch, the Lorax, and Environmental Advocacy

Dr. Seuss’s environmental consciousness shines through iconic characters like the Grinch and the Lorax. Uncover the deeper messages behind these stories and Seuss’s commitment to environmental activism. From cautionary tales about consumerism to advocacy for nature conservation, this unveils the environmentalist themes woven into his narratives.

Dr. Seuss, the Pseudonymous Prankster

Did you know that Dr. Seuss had a penchant for playful pseudonyms? explores his alter egos, such as Theo LeSieg and Rosetta Stone, used to author some of his books. He would unmask the reasons behind these pseudonyms and the mischief they added to Dr. Seuss’s literary legacy.

Oh, the Places He Went – Dr. Seuss’s Global Impact

Dr. Seuss’s influence extends far beyond American borders. This delves into the global impact of his works, exploring translations, adaptations, and the universality of his themes. From Tokyo to Timbuktu, discover the places Dr. Seuss’s imagination has reached.


Dr. Seuss, a literary luminary and whimsical wordsmith, left a legacy that transcends generations. This blog post has peeled back the layers of his strange and wonderful journey, revealing the man who continues to inspire joy, curiosity, and a touch of eccentricity in readers of all ages. With books in every country in the World let’s celebrate the spirit of Dr. Seuss – a celebration of creativity, imagination, and the enduring magic of storytelling.

I could go no page after page talking about Dr Seuss. He was an amazing man who left children a wonderful legacy. His books have touched the hearts and minds of children all over the planet and his characters will live on for many years to come..

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