We are all familiar with the name of Dr. Seuss, the famous writer who gave children the ultimate gift
in literature by writing The Cat in the Hat. It is the story that took Dr. Seuss to incredible levels of success.Had he been alive today, he would have celebrated his 107th birthday but the world lost an amazing person when he passed away in the September of 1991. As familiar as well all are with his books and his pseudonym Dr. Seuss, we are sure that many of you would be unfamiliar with his real name i.e., Theodore Geisel. And this is just one little bit of information. Wait till you read the ten lesser known facts that we have collected for you about our favourite writer of children’s stories.
1. Seuss was a nickname that Theodore Adopted after College
A lot of people don’t know this but Seuss, the nickname or pseudonym that Theodore uses was actually adopted after he got thrown out of Dartmouth College’s magazine for literary humour. The reason for his unceremonious dismissal was as small as throwing out of control form parties. Despite being kicked off of the magazine as editor in chief, Theodore wished to continue writing for it and in that pursuit he started using this pen name so that the seniors and superiors at the college would not find out. Guess it turned out to be quite lucky for him.
2. Dr. Seuss was not actually a Doctor
Theodore’s father, Mr. Geisel senior, always wanted for is son to earn a PhD from the prestigious institution Oxford. To fulfill his father’s wishes, Dr. Seuss did enter into Oxford to earn a doctorate in Literature but returned home before he completed his education. He added a “Dr.” to his pseudonym to commemorate how he almost fulfilled his fathers’ wish. It is a gesture in its own.
3. Insecticide Commercials
The next fact on our list of ten surprising and lessor known facts about Dr. Seuss is that he was not known for his stories for little children in the beginning. What got him to be noticed were his insecticide commercials. These advertisements were introduced way back in the 1920s and the slogans got so much fame that the earned him quite an amount and continued to rock into the late 1930s.
4. Source of Inspiration for the first book
Dr. Seuss was on his way back from a trip to England which he had taken with his wife. Incidentally, it was an ocean cruise. We all know that the first book that Mr. Geisel published was “And To Think I Saw it on Mulberry Street”. What most of us do not know is that he was inspired by the sound of the engine of the ship he was travelling on and that is what compelled him to write a children’s book.
5. Rejection by 30 Publishers
Whenever we hear the name of a famous writer even if it is the writer of a children’s book we automatically assume that the writer has been famous and has been acknowledged from the very start. This in fact is not true at all especially in the case of Mr. Geisel. Before Vanguard Press decided and agreed to publish his first children’s book, Dr. Seuss and his tales were rejected by almost 30 publishers.