In 1937, The Golden Gate Bridge was completed, Walt Disney's first full-length animated feature, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs was out in theaters, and Amelia Earhart and co-pilot Fred Noonan vanished over the Pacific. That same year the book, And to Think I Saw that on Mulberry Street, was published by an author named Dr. Seuss. Dr. Seuss, one of the most critically acclaimed authors of his time, managed to create a number of books that captured the attention of young readers and adults alike. He did this in a way that kept them interested still 77 years after, the his first book was published . Theodor Seuss Geisel, or better known as Dr.Seuss, helped to improve the literacy rate in young readers by creating books with diverse words
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An often told story is that him and ten other boys were supposed to receive awards from President Theodore Roosevelt because they had sold the most bonds. When the award ceremony took place Roosevelt found he only had nine medals to hand out and when he got to, Seuss at the end of the line he said, “ What is this boy doing here?,” and for the rest of his live Seuss suffered from severe stage fright.
During his time at Dartmouth University was when Geisel first got his name out into the public eye. He started contributing cartoons to the the Jack- O- Lantern, the humor magazine for the University. Seuss had always had a creative, artistic side to him and eventually would illustrate his own books. During his senior year at Dartmouth University, Ted (his parents nickname for him) and nine of his friends were caught drinking in his room. Its was 1925, an era of Prohibition and they were put on probation by the dean and stripped Geisel of his editorship of Jack-O-Lantern. To evade punishment, Geisel began publishing cartoons under aliases: L. Pasteur, D.G. Rossetti ’25, T. Seuss, and Seuss. These cartoons marked the first time he signed his work “Seuss.” Although his father, Theodor Robert, really was the one pushing him to go to school and get his degrees, at one point he truly considered pursuing a Ph.D in English. After graduating at Dartmouth he continued his studies in literature, at Oxford University. He spend most of his time doodling during