March 2nd is a day to celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday. Dr. Seuss is an author that many people love but don’t know a lot about. We wanted to tell you more about one of our favorite children’s book authors.
Theodor Seuss Geisel is Dr. Seuss’ real name. His family called him Ted. Seuss says that he adopted the name “Dr. Seuss” because he wanted to save his real name for the Great American Novel he wanted to write one day. However, this is false. Dr. Seuss just loved to make up good stories.
The real reason he adopted an alias was because he was stripped from his editorship of his college’s humor magazine after being put on probation. The alias kept him from getting in trouble. Dr. Seuss was often caught doodling in his college classes.
Dr. Seuss married Helen Palmer in 1927 and they moved into an apartment in New York’s Lower West Side. Seuss’ life went downhill when his wife committed suicide after Seuss had an affair with their friend Audrey. Audrey and Dr. Seuss got married the next year. Seuss died of oral cancer at age 87 on September 24, 1991. The legend of Dr. Seuss lives on through over sixty classic children’s books that he published.
--Kara Kelso, Whitnee Guthrie, and Haley Robinson