Becoming Dr. Seuss : Theodor Geisel and the making of an American imagination

by Jones, Brian Jay,

Format: Print Book 2019
Availability: Available at 23 Libraries 23 of 23 copies
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Andrew Carnegie Free Library Nonfiction 92 SEUSS
Location  Andrew Carnegie Free Library
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Baldwin Borough Library Biography and Memoir BIOGRAPHY SEU
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Collection  Biography and Memoir
Bethel Park Public Library Biography 92 SEUSS Dr.
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Collection  Biography
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Braddock Carnegie Library Non Fiction 92 GEI
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Collection  Non Fiction
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Brentwood Library Biography 92 Geisel, Theodor
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Collection  Biography
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C.C. Mellor Memorial Library Non Fiction 92 Geisel
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CLP - East Liberty Biographies PS3513.E2 Z687 2019
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Collection  Biographies
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CLP - Lawrenceville Non-Fiction Collection PS3513.E2 Z687 2019
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CLP - Squirrel Hill Biographies PS3513.E2 Z687 2019
Location  CLP - Squirrel Hill
Collection  Biographies
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Carnegie Library of McKeesport Biography B Se81j
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Collection  Biography
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Cooper-Siegel Community Library Biography 92 GEI
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Collection  Biography
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Cooper-Siegel Community Library - Sharpsburg People & Places PP BIO SEU
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Monroeville Public Library Non-fiction 813.52 JONES
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Mt. Lebanon Public Library Non-Fiction 813 GEISEL Theodore
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Northern Tier Regional Library Biography BIO SEUSS
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Collection  Biography
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Northland Public Library Biography B SEUSS
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Collection  Biography
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Oakmont Carnegie Library Biography B SEU
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Collection  Biography
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Penn Hills Library Non-Fiction 92 SEUSS
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Pleasant Hills Public Library Nonfiction 92 GEISEL Theodor
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Collection  Nonfiction
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Scott Township Library Biography B GEISEL
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Collection  Biography
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Sewickley Public Library Biography B SEUSS 2019
Location  Sewickley Public Library
Collection  Biography
Call Number  B SEUSS 2019
Shaler North Hills Library Biography 92 GEISEL
Location  Shaler North Hills Library
Collection  Biography
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Whitehall Public Library Nonfiction Collection NF 813.52 Se81b
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Collection  Nonfiction Collection
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The definitive, fascinating, all-reaching biography of Dr. Seuss.

Dr. Seuss is a classic American icon. Whimsical and wonderful, his work has defined our childhoods and the childhoods of our own children. The silly, simple rhymes are a bottomless well of magic, his illustrations timeless favorites because, quite simply, he makes us laugh. The Grinch, the Cat in the Hat, Horton, and so many more, are his troupe of beloved, and uniquely Seussian, creations.

Theodor Geisel, however, had a second, more radical side. It is there that the allure and fasciation of his Dr. Seuss alter ego begins. He had a successful career as an advertising man and then as a political cartoonist, his personal convictions appearing, not always subtly, throughout his books-remember the environmentalist of The Lorax ? Geisel was a complicated man on an important mission. He introduced generations to the wonders of reading while teaching young people about empathy and how to treat others well.

Agonizing over word choices and rhymes, touching up drawings sometimes for years, he upheld a rigorous standard of perfection for his work. Geisel took his responsibility as a writer for children seriously, talking down to no reader, no matter how small. And with classics like Green Eggs and Ham, and One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish, Geisel delighted them while they learned. Suddenly, reading became fun.

Coming right off the heels of George Lucas and bestselling Jim Henson, Brian Jay Jones is quickly developing a reputation as a master biographer of the creative geniuses of our time.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "No, Dr. Seuss did not live on Mulberry Street! Instead, when he was young, Theodor (he dropped the e for some reason) Seuss Geisel resided two miles south on Fairfield Street in Springfield, Massachusetts. Now, more than 100 years later, we have this massive, loving biography, which aims to cover it all: childhood influences on his adult work; his Dartmouth experience; his ad-man years ( Quick, Henry, the FLIT! ), the tepid success of his first five children's books; and the spectacular successes of his later years. Don't expect a lot of critical analysis, though. Jones is more interested in straight reportage. But what about recent Twitterverse allegations that Geisel was a racist? To his credit, Jones acknowledges Geisel's employment of some racial stereotypes in his children's books and editorial cartoons for the newspaper PM, and his lack of female characters. What is not addressed is the current charge that the depiction of The Cat in the Hat was inspired by nineteenth-century minstrel shows. History will be the judge of that, but this biography stands as a straightforward record of Geisel's life and career.--Michael Cart Copyright 2019 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Biographer Jones (George Lucas) delivers a comprehensive and thoughtful look at famed children's author Theodor Geisel (1904-1991). The book's early sections reveal Geisel-Seuss was his mother's maiden name-as an indifferent student who found his calling in humor and drawing, moving from Dartmouth College's Jacko magazine, to advertising, to Frank Capra's Army information unit during WWII. Though he entered children's literature on a fluke-an otherwise restrictive contract with advertising client Standard Oil didn't bar him from it-he soon became convinced of this work's importance. Determined to make reading fun and never talk down to children, he produced his now-familiar classics, with their zany illustrations and tongue-tickling texts. In addition to the fun, however, Geisel did feel compelled to address important issues at times, such as environmentalism in The Lorax. Jones does not ignore problems in Geisel's early work, including some racial stereotypes. He also gives full credit to Geisel's first wife, Helen, as a guiding hand for some of Geisel's best-loved books. While acknowledging Geisel's flaws and debts to others, Jones convincingly shows him as a transformative figure in children's publishing, both as author and cofounder of the Beginner Books imprint. Fans of Dr. Seuss will find much to love in this candid but admiring portrait. (May) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Seuss, -- Dr.
Authors, American -- 20th century -- Biography.
Illustrators -- United States -- Biography.
Publisher [New York, New York] :Dutton,2019
Other Titles Becoming Doctor Seuss
Language English
Description 483 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages 435-474) and index.
ISBN 9781524742799 (trade paperback)
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