Dr. Seuss & Mr. Geisel : A Biography
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From the cover -
This captivating biography of the bestselling children's author in history reveals at last the man who had a unique influence on four generations of Americans, who championed children's rights before that phrase was familiar, and who revolutionized the way children learn to read. The very name Dr. Seuss inevitably provokes a smile and some recollection of a beloved character - Horton, perhaps, or Thidwick or the Cat in the Hat. Yet during his lifetime their creator was an enigma. In his years at Dartmouth, Oxford, New York, and Hollywood, mingling with the famous and notorious, he remained reclusive and plagued by self-doubts, but never lost his love of childish playfulness.
Was Ted Geisel really a genius, as his publisher Bennett Cerf believed, or, as he himself always insisted, just lucky? In forty-seven books of nonsensical charm, from And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street in 1937 to Oh, the Places You'll Go! in 1990, his recurring theme was that children had an inalienable right to mischief, love, and hope. But many librarians and teachers considered him a subversive influence when his revolutionary Cat in the Hat signaled the demise of dreary Dick-and-Jane primers.
Ted Geisel was a dreamer who saw the world "through the wrong end of a telescope." In his eighty-seven years, he met seven U.S. presidents, but was more proud of the fact that he had seen Halley's Comet twice. An obsessively private man, he rarely revealed anything of his personal and professional agonies - or of the bawdy Seussian verses he wrote for friends.
Judith and Neil Morgan knew Ted Geisel in the latter half of his life, and here they merge their firsthand insights with scholarly research, drawing material from hundreds of letters and interviews, as well as from their subject's notes for an unpublished autobiography. They had full access to Geisel's voluminous papers, illuminating his relationship with both of his wives and providing instructive glimpses of his creative processes. The result is a frank and felicitous biography as unique as its subject.
Remaining participants on the list -
Glade1 (North Carolina)
bobbarama (So he can donate it to the BC bookshelf)
Mailing this out to Ladilee24 priority on 5/23.
I'll ship this on to DoveiLibri tomororow, June 1.
I have to read at greater speed
So that this tome can make it home!
OK, so I'm not as Seussian as I thought I was! *wry grin*
Anyway, the thought is clear: I'm very glad the book is here! (Oh, now I've started, I cannot stop.
No more rhyming, or my tongue I'll lop!)
Two bookrings ahead to finish fast,
But do not worry, they will not last ...
Then on to this one,
One, two, three,
And pass it to "DittyBopper" after me!
Thank you, Bobbarama, for starting this ring.
Thank you, MaryZee, for continu-ing!
And, finally, for mailing to me,
Thank you and good day to Ladilee!
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*hee hee hee*
Decided to include the link to the original BOOKRING here.
The first day of summer,
And, Oh! What fun!
I've started to read
Out in the sun ....
A few more days, and what do you know?
Into the mail this book will go!
Monday, June 26, 2006:
I've done it, I've read it, I've finished the book,
Now, to the post office, by hook or by crook,
On Tuesday, I'll run, to send this book!
Not first class, not Parcel Post,
By Media Mail, I really can't boast ...
Hope it arrives safe and sound
because the extra postage just couldn't be found!
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Link to the original BOOKRING.
WILD RELEASE NOTES:
Link to the original BOOKRING.
Dr. Seuss & Mr. Geisel arrived in the mail today. Hurray! All I know about Dr. Seuss is what I learned last year by reading the children's biography, The Boy on Fairfield Street, written by one of my favorite authors, Kathleen Krull. It will be interesting to compare Seuss' life as seen by a children's author and as seen by authors writing for adults.
WILD RELEASE NOTES:
Off to Canada to the reader!
This morning, Thursday, November 23, 2006, at approximately 10:30 a.m., my class, my educational assistants and one mom, sat in palpable anticipation as the curtain rose on the production of *Seussical -The Musical*, at Toronto's Lorraine Kimsa Theatre For Young People. Seventy-five minutes later, we practically floated out of there, grinning from ear to ear, from there to here!
Everything was wonderful: the costumes, the set, the music, the choreography, the acting. Everything. Don't just take my word for it, though. An entire theatre filled with school groups of young kids sat transfixed for 75 minutes, no break, no twitching, no fidgeting, no requests to go to the bathroom, no talking. AT ALL!!
I have spent a good part of the last 2 weeks reading to my students some of the Dr. Seuss books that I knew had characters who would make an appearance today. I teach very young kids (ages 5-8), several of whom are new to our country, language and culture, and who have not had any previous exposure to Dr. Seuss. To have it all so fresh, then suddenly, come to life today (because 3 of my students are in wheelchairs, we also happened to have front row seating), well, it was just magical.
I will end with Horton's mantra, because after all,
"a person's a person, no matter how small!"
jessibud (five foot, nothin'), who totally agrees...
By the way, I want to take this opportunity to apologize profusely for stalling this bookring. I am only about halfway through the Seuss biography but despite that, and how long I've had it in my possession, I am enjoying it immensely. I will try my very best to finish it within the next week or 2, tops. To say that other *stuff* is going on would not be a lie but I don't want to make excuses. In a meek attempt to deflect the rotten tomatoes flying my way, I have to add one more funny coincidence that occurred while I was reading this book. I posted about it in a recent Book Talk thread:
I now return you to your regularly scheduled bookring. Good night.
I have to leave you with just a few of my favourite insights into the man whose influence will truly go on and on:
1) In 1974, Geisel became friends with the American satirist, Art Buchwald. In the midst of the Watergate scandal, Buchwald dared Geisel to write a political book. Geisel responded by taking a piece of his own silly book, *Marvin K. Mooney* and rewriting it:
"Richard M. Nixon, will you please go now!
The time has come.
The time is now.
I don't care how.
You can go by foot.
You can go by cow.
Richard M. Nixon, will you please go now!
You can go on skates.
You can go on skis.
You can go in a hat.
He gave Buchwald permission to print it in his newspaper column.
"Nine days later, on August 8, 1974, Nixon announced his resignation. Buchwald claimed full credit, Ted claimed full intent, and both were widely cheered. Ted wrote Art, "We sure got him, didn't we? We should have collaborated sooner."
2) Ted's seventy-five second address to the graduates of Lake Forest college outside of Chicago in 1977:
"My uncle ordered popovers
from the restaurant's bill of fare.
And when they were served,
he regarded them
with a penetrating stare...
Then he spoke great Words of Wisdom
as he sat there on that chair:
"To eat these things,"
said my uncle,
"you must exercise great care.
You may swallow down what's solid...
you must spit out the air!"
as you partake of the world's bill of fare,
that's darned good advice to follow.
Do a lot of spitting out the hot air.
And be careful what you swallow."
3) And, fittingly last, but not least:
Miles Davis, the jazz trumpeter, died four days after Ted, and Canadian newspaper cartoonist Bruce MacKinnon drew the two men meeting on a heavenly cloud. Both had acquired wings. Davis, holding his trumpet, wore his trademark slouch hat, and Ted, his trademark bowtie. "So you're Dr. Seuss," Davis said. Ted replied, "So you're the cat in the hat."
Thanks again to everyone in this ring for your patience with my slowness. The book will be on its way to PandaLHU this afternoon.
Anyhow, just wanted to let folks know that, as of Jan. 23/07, the book was still safe with PandaLHU.
MaryZee ... let me know what you'd like me to do with the book. It feels like it's more yours than mine now. I'll send it back to you or wild release it. Your choice.
And thanks to whoever passed on the newspaper article and the book mark. I'd love to give you credit for either or both, so let me know and I'll drop in here and tweak my comment!!
Woo hoo! Another one done!!!