Dr. Seuss & Mr. Geisel.
We all know Dr. Seuss. But few of us know Mr. Geisel.
I got this book as a gift from my friend (Zac Zeitlin) after our families enjoyed a hike together during which we chatted about my love of Mister Rogers and the documentary featuring him: Won’t You Be My Neighbor?
Our conversation turned to another one of the most iconoclastic and influential luminaries of the 20th century: Dr. Seuss. Zac told me that this biography was one of his all-time favorites. After reading it, I can see why.
It’s a remarkably endearing biography by Judith and Neil Morgan (get a copy ) who knew Ted Geisel in the latter half of his life. “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research, drawing material from hundreds of letters and interviews, as well as from their subject’s notes for an unpublished autobiography.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 process. The result is a frank and felicitous biography as unique as its subject.”
The book is packed with a bunch of inspiring stories and Big Ideas.
I’m excited to share a few of my favorites so let’s jump straight in!