A Brief History of Dr. Seuss

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- Theodor Geisel was born on March 2, 1904.
- Theodor Geisel attended Datmouht College between 1921 and 1925.
- Theodor Geisel married Helen Palmer in 1927.
- Geisel began illustrations for Flit advertisements in 1928.


- Geisel's first illustrations under the name of Dr. Seuss were first published in 1931, some appearing in The Pocket Book of Boners, which was both edited and illustrated by Theodore Geisel.
- Hejji, Theodore Geisel's only sunday comic strip, was published in 1935.
- And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street was published in 1937.
- The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins was published in 1938.
- Dr. Seuss's The Seven Lady Godivas was published in 1939, along with The King's Stilts.


- Horton Hatches the Egg was published in 1940.
- Between 1941 and 1943, Theodore Geisel drew political cartoons for PM Magazine.
- Theodor Geisel enlisted in the United States Army Motion Picture Unit in 1943.
- Geisel was involved in the making of the 1947 release, Design for Death, a documentary of Japanese films confiscated around the time of the second world war.
- McElligot's Pool was published in 1947.
- Thidwick the Big-Hearted Moose was published in 1948.
- Bartholomew and the Oobleck was published in 1949.


- If I Ran the Zoo was published in 1950.
- Scrambled Eggs Super was published in 1953.
- Horton Hears a Who! was published in 1954.
- On Beyond Zebra! was published in 1955.
- If I Ran the Circus was published in 1956.
- How the Grinch Stole Christmas! and The Cat in the Hat were published in 1957.
- Theodor Geisel and his wife founded Beginner Books in 1957.
- The Cat in the Hat Comes Back and Yertle the Turtle were published in 1958.
- Happy Birthday to You! was published in 1959.


- One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish and Green Eggs and Ham were published in 1960.
- Too Many Daves, What Was I Scared Of? and The Sneetches and Other Stories were published in 1961.
- The Sleep Book was published in 1962.
- Dr. Seuss's ABC and Hop on Pop were published in 1963.
- Fox in Socks and I Had Trouble in Getting to Solla Sollew were published in 1965.
- Theodor Geisel married his second wife, Audrey Dimond, in 1968.
- The Foot Book was published in 1968.
- I Can Lick 30 Tigers Today! and Other Stories and My Book About Me was published in 1969.


- Mr. Brown Can Moo! Can You? was published in 1970.
- The Lorax was published in 1971.
- Marvin K. Mooney Will You Please Go Now! was published in 1972.
- The Shape of Me and Other Stuff and Did I Ever Tell You How Lucky You Are? was published in 1973.
- A Great Day for Up! and There's a Wocket in My Pocket! was published in 1974.
- Oh, the Thinks You Can Think! was published in 1975.
- I Can Read with My Eyes Shut! was published in 1978.
- Oh Say Can You Say was published in 1979.


- The Butter Battle Book was published in 1984.
- Geisel was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for the works he contributed to children's literature in 1984.
- You're Only Old Once was published in 1986.


- Oh, the Places You'll Go! was published in 1990.
- Theodor "Seuss" Geisel died on September 24, 1991.
- Previously written but not illustrated by Theodor Geisel, Daisy-Head Mayzie was published in 1995.
- My Many Colored Days was published in 1996, but it was only written, not illustrated, by Theodor Geisel.

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