Theodor Geisel

March, 2 1904-September, 24 1991
Born in Springfield, Massachusets

Theodor Geisel was born into a Lutheran Family, and went to High School at Springfield Central High School. Theodor Geisel went to Dartmouth College and after that Lincoln College, Oxford hoping to earn his PhD in English literature. As he was at Oxford he met a girl named Helen Palmer who persuaded him to give up on becoming a English teacher and start drawing instead. He left Oxford without earning degrees and returned to the U.S. to start trying to publish his cartoons. He died of oral cancer at the age of 87.

Theodor Geisel started submitting his cartoons to many advertising agencies, publishers, and magazines. Geisel married Helen Palmer, after getting a job at the humor magazine "Judge". His first children's book was "And to Think that I Saw it on Mulberry Street". His most famous books were "Green Eggs and Ham, The Cat in the Hat, The Lorax, and How the Grinch Stole Christmas".

An Excerpt from
"The Lorax"

I am the Lorax.

I speak for the trees.

I speak for the trees, for the trees

have no tongues.