Although we may think we know someone well, there are often more sides to an individual than meets the eye. As years pass, those experiences that molded a person can often be unnoticed because we are content with what we perceive. But just what if we took time to journey deeper, to go beyond the familiar, then is it not quite possible that we will be enlightened? A most unique author who is renowned to both children and adults represents this idea; for what we know about him is not nearly all the talent he offers.
So without further hesitation, I bring you the esteemed thinker: Theodor Seuss Geisel (1904-1991 ) Born in Springfield, Massachusetts he is best known as Dr. Suess, the author and illustrator of children’s books. The acquisition of his pen name was derived under very different circumstances. As a student at Dartmouth College, he became the editor of the school’s humor magazine, Jack-O-Lantern. However, Geisel and his friends were in violation of Prohibition law when they were caught drinking and as a result he was removed from the working on the magazine. Yet this did not deter him for he came up with the pseudonym “Seuss” and continued to contribute to it.
Dr. Seuss is the author-illustrator of more than 50 children’s books. But many are not aware that he drew over 400 political cartoons during WWII. These cartoons tackled such subjects as racism and discrimination, the dangers of isolationism, fascism, and other political issues, and the vital work of the war effort at home.
I now introduce you to the political cartoons of Theodor Seuss Geisel.