Dr. Seuss & Mr. Geisel: A Biography by Judith and Neil Morgan
(Random House, 1995, 345 pages)
The story of Dr. Seuss
Cat, Grinch, and even the Whos
Abound in this fact filled book
That gives Geisel’s life a look
Dr. Seuss & Mr. Geisel: A Biography by Judith & Neil Morgan chronicles the life and career of Theodore Seuss Geisel. “Ted” Geisel was born in Springfield, MA in 1904 and grew up in a house not far from the bustling Mulberry Street. Not so coincidentally, the title of Dr. Seuss’s first book is And To Think That I Saw It On Mulberry Street. Ted Geisel died in California in 1991. Geisel packed quite a life into his 87 years on earth.
Judith & Neil Morgan, the authors of Dr. Seuss & Mr. Geisel, knew Ted Geisel in the latter half of Geisel’s life. This friendship along with their research allowed the authors to portray Ted Geisel the man as well as the author/artist. Geisel was a quiet, but complicated man who loved to draw and travel. He was not a scholar, but he was brilliant with words. On more than one occasion, Ted Geisel was asked to write his autobiography, but
He would stop and then start
It was just not in his heart
But if you read this instead
You’ll get to know Ted.