“Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.”
Following on from World Book Day, today is the official Dr Seuss day, marking the birth date of its author Theodore Geisel
5 facts about Dr Seuss
- He wasn’t a doctor
He studied English and Dartmouth and Oxford University, graduating Oxford with a PhD
- Seuss wasn’t his real last name
He was born Theodore Seuss Geisel but adopted pen names like “T. Seuss,” and “Dr. Theophrastus Seuss,” and “Theo LeSieg,” among others.
- He begin his career as an illustrator and cartoonist
working for the Vanity Fair and leading up to and during WWII, he made political cartoons and war propaganda films
- Green Eggs and Ham was written on a bet
“Green Eggs and Ham”, Dr. Seuss’ best selling book was written as a result of a bet that he couldn’t write a book using 50 or fewer distinct words.
- Many of his made up words now appear in the Oxford English Dictionary – “grinch,” “nextly,” and “nerd” are all attributed to Seuss.