May 07

And Will You Succeed? Yes You Will Indeed — 98 & 3/4 Guaranteed!

One way or the other, I am certain that he was influential in the success of JK Rowling, Dan Brown, Stephen King, John Grisham . . . the list can go on forever. As a kid, I loved to read anything I can get my hands on. But I don’t remember any author that amused me nor confused me the way that Dr. Seuss did. I would read his books over and over again, not really quite sure if I understand it. Yet, the way his words molded into each other and swirled into my head made me love books even more.

To this day, I remember lines from my Dr. Seuss books like they were yesterday. And like any adult, whenever I saw a copy of this books, I would hold it in my hand and start reading all over again. “I do not like green eggs and ham. I do not like them, sam I am.”

What makes Dr. Seuss’ books so popular? It is imagination mixed with nonsense, wit, and rhyme. Who would have thought of writing about green eggs and ham? Dr. Seuss’ books utilize simple words, but they provide lessons in life better than those you would find in adult books. There is no question that he has taught millions of children to read, laugh, and be silly.

Theodore Seuss Geisel was born in Massachusetts in 1904 and graduated from Dartmouth College in 1925 and went to Oxford University to get his doctorate in literature. It was in Oxford that he met Helen Palmer and married her in 1927. According to Dr. Seuss, “You know you’re in love when you can’t fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams.”

He wrote his first book, And To Think That I Saw it on Mulberry Street, in 1936 while on a vacation cruise. In 1954, his publisher gave him a list of 400 words to write a children’s book in response to reports that children were having trouble reading because their books were boring. The list of words was later cut down to 250 — Dr. Seuss finished the book using 220 of the words given to him. And thus, The Cat in the Hat was born. He went on to write and illustrate 44 children’s books, win the Pulitzer in 1984, and garner 3 academy awards.

Dr. Seuss was a playful man who had so much respect for children. One of his famous quotes insist that “Adults are just obsolete children and to hell with them.” It is ironic that with all the children whose lives he has touched, he never had his own. Yet, there seems to be no bitterness nor sadness — “You make ’em, I amuse ’em.”

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  1. […] One way or the other, I am certain that he was influential in the success of JK Rowling, Dan Brown, Stephen King, John Grisham . . . the list can go on forever. As a kid, I loved to read anything I can get my hands on. … Source: And Will You Succeed? Yes You Will Indeed — 98 & 3/4 Guaranteed! […]

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