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Five Interesting Facts to Celebrate the Birthday of Dr. Seuss

Dr. Seuss was born Ted Geisel on March 2, 1904, meaning today would have been his 114th birthday! Check out these amazing facts you probably didn’t know about the man behind the Cat in the Hat and Green Eggs and Ham…

#1. Dr. Seuss wrote Green Eggs and Ham on a bet.

Dr. Seuss himself—a.k.a. Ted Geisel—pictured here with perhaps his most famous book. Photo source: WikiCommons

After some blockbuster hits like Cat in the Hat and How the Grinch Stole Christmas in the late 1950’s, Seuss’ editor, Bennett Cerf, thought the Doctor could use a new challenge. He bet Seuss that he couldn’t write a book using just 50 words. Seuss said, “challenge accepted,” and the end result was Green Eggs and Ham: his best-selling book with over 8 million copies in circulation. The 50 words, in order, were: I am Sam; that; do not like; you green eggs and ham; them; would here or there; anywhere; in a house with mouse; eat box fox; car they; could; may will see tree; let me be; train on; say the dark; rain; goat; boat; so try may; if; good; thank. Talk about a tongue twister.

#2. His name rhymed with “voice,” not “moose.”

Sorry to spoil it for you folks, but you’ve been saying the guy’s name wrong your whole lives. Ted Geisel first adopted the moniker while at Dartmouth College after getting banned from writing for the school paper after being caught with gin in his dorm room. He went by “Seuss” to continue writing (and later added the “Doctor” because his dad always wanted him to go into medicine). But, he never intended the name to be pronounced the way we all do today. Instead, he wanted the name to go by the German pronunciation, which rhymed the name with “voice.” A friend even wrote a short poem to help with pronunciation:

You’re wrong as the deuce,

And you shouldn’t rejoice

If you’re calling him Seuss.

He pronounces it Soice (or Zoice).

#3. Writing and illustrating books for kids was not his only artistic job.

Dr. Seuss working on illustrations for How the Grinch Stole Christmas. Image Source: WikiCommons

During World War II, Seuss enlisted in the Army and became commander of the Animation Department of the First Motion Picture Unit of the United States Army Air Forces. Not a bad gig, all things considered. Seuss was responsible for creating animated propaganda films. Before hitting it big in the children’s books universe, Seuss also held down a job as an artist for advertisements. Seuss drew cartoons for General Electric, NBC, Standard Oil, and Narragansett Brewing Company.

#4. Seuss was a big fan of symbolism.

You might pick up a Dr. Seuss book and think it’s all just a bunch of nursery rhymes about boisterous cats or multi-colored fish, but the truth is that there’s a lot more beneath the surface. Take Yertle the Turtle for example. A domineering turtle with a whole pond to call his own gets greedy and tyrannizes his fellow turtles in his quest for multi-pond domination? If that sounds to you like a not-so-subtle allegory for Adolf Hitler, you’re absolutely right. Seuss later acknowledged the Turtle was a symbol of Hitler and Nazi Germany.

#5. His first book was turned down by 27 different publishers.

It took 28 tries to get And to Think I Saw It on Mulberry Street published, a process so frustrating that Seuss nearly burned his draft of the book. But, he persisted, and after writing over 40 books in his lifetime and selling more than half-a-billion copies, Dr. Seuss is one of the most successful children’s authors of all time.

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Love Of Words’ Quote of the Day for Saturday!

Ultimately, your theme will find you. You don’t have to go looking for it. 


~Richard Russo

Happy birthday, Richard Russo! The Pulitzer Prize-winning author wrote his first novel, Mohawk, while working full-time as a college teacher. During breaks between classes, he’d go to a local diner and write.

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Love Of Words’ Quote of the Day for Sunday 

I have to see a thing a thousand times before I see it once. 


~Thomas Wolfe

July 9, 1937: On this day, F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote a letter to Thomas Wolfe, advising his fellow author to write shorter novels. Wolfe responded with a letter eight times as long as Fitzgerald’s.

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Thank Goodness it’s Friday! Here’s the Quote of the day…

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What are men to rocks and mountains?

Jane Austen

 

April 1, 1816: The Prince Regent enjoyed Jane Austen’s novels, but he requested that she try her hand at a historical romance with less satirical and humorous elements. Austen was not amused. On this day, she wrote to the Prince Regent, “I could not sit down to write a serious romance under any other motive than to save my life.”

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Quote of the day for Saturday!

  

We improve ourselves by victory over our self. There must be contests, and you must win. 

Edward Gibbon

June 27, 1787: On this day, between the hours of eleven and twelve at night, Edward Gibbon finished writing The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, which he had begun twenty years prior. He celebrated by taking a stroll in his garden.

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Quote of the Day for Wednesday!

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What happens when people open their hearts?” 
“They get better. 

Haruki Murakami

April 1, 1978: As the crack of bat against ball rang out in Tokyo’s Jingu Stadium, a 29-year-old Haruki Murakami thought to himself, “I could try writing a novel.” He left the game, bought a stack of writing paper, and soon wrote his first book, Hear the Wind Sing.

All My Best,
Jill M Roberts

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Quote of the day for Monday!

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When it comes to life, we spin our own yarn, and where we end up is really, in fact, where we always intended to be. 

Julia Glass

Happy 59th birthday, Julia Glass! The novelist’s first book, Three Junes, won the National Book Award in 2002.

All My Best,
Jill M Roberts

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Quote of the day!

From my Jill M Roberts site! Please check it out and enjoy! 🙂

Jill M Roberts

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Break a vase, and the love that reassembles the fragments is stronger than that love which took its symmetry for granted when it was whole. 

Derek Walcott

Happy 86th birthday, Derek Walcott! The decorated poet, who was born on the Caribbean island of Saint Lucia, has won everything from the Nobel Prize to the MacArthur “genius” grant.

All My Best,
Jill M Roberts

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