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Dr. Seuss
Dr. Seuss in 1957
Dr. Seuss in 1957
Pen name Dr. Seuss, Theo. LeSieg, Rosetta Stone, Theophrastus Seuss
Occupation Writer, cartoonist, animator
Nationality United States
Genre Children's literature
Notable works The Cat in the Hat
Green Eggs and Ham
How the Grinch Stole Christmas
One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish
Spouse Helen Palmer Geisel (1927–1967)
Audrey Stone Dimond (1968–1991)

Theodor Seuss Geisel (pronounced /ˈsɔɪs ˈɡaɪzəl/; March 2, 1904 – September 24, 1991) was an American writer and cartoonist from Springfield, Massachusetts. He was better known by his pen name, Dr. Seuss. He pronounced his name but it is often said as.


In his long life Geisel wrote more than 60 books. Though most of them were published as Dr. Seuss, he also wrote 13 books as Theo. LeSieg and one as Rosetta Stone (a pun on the Rosetta Stone). Theodor Seuss Geisel is one of the most popular children's authors of all time. His books have sold over 222 million copies and been translated into more than 15 languages. In the years after his death in 1991, several books have been published based on his sketches and notes; these include Hooray for Diffendoofer Day! and Daisy-Head Mayzie. Though they were all published under the name Dr. Seuss, only My Many Colored Days, originally written in 1973, was entirely by Geisel.


Dr. Seuss died from oral cancer in La Jolla, California, aged 87.

Retired books

Dr. Seuss Enterprises, the organization that owns the rights to the books, films, TV shows, stage productions, exhibitions, digital media, licensed merchandise, and other strategic partnerships, announced on March 2, 2021, that it will stop publishing and licensing six books.

The publications include And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street (1937), If I Ran the Zoo (1950), McElligot's Pool (1947), On Beyond Zebra! (1955), Scrambled Eggs Super! (1953) and The Cat's Quizzer (1976).

According to the organization, the books "portray people in ways that are hurtful and wrong" and are no longer being published due to racist and insensitive imagery.


As Dr. Seuss

As Theo LeSieg

As Rosetta Stone

  • Because a Little Bug Went Ka-choo (Illustrated by Michael Frith, 1975)

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