Dr. Seuss

Life of Theodore Seuss Geisel

His Conflict

Dr. Seuss was rejected 27 times when trying to publish his first book, "To Think That I Saw Mulberry Street!" This would be considered Man vs Man or Man vs society because people wouldn't put effort into him or his books. He was persistent and kept submitting to magazines and publishing companies until finally some one saw potential.

Life Progression


Dr. Seuss was born on March 2, 1904 on Howard Street Springfield, Massachusetts. His father and grandfather were successful brew masters. Even though World War 1 was approaching they managed to keep financially stable, therefore Dr. Seuss and his sister had a comfortable childhood. He also recalled his mom telling them rhymes as children and that's what really had an influence in his career.


Dr. Seuss left as a teen to attend Dartmouth College where he became and editor-in-chief

for the Jack-o-Lantern humor magazine.His time as an editor came up short because he was caught throwing a drinking party which was against campus rules.

Early Adulthood

To please his father, after graduating Seuss decided to go to Oxford University to become a professor. After coming to the conclusion that his studies bored him, he decided to tour Europe instead. While he was in Oxford though he met his wife, Helen Palmer. After he returned home from Europe he went on to pursue a career as a cartoonist. He created advertising campaigns for over 15 years with some low key magazine companies. with World War 2 approaching and him being to old for the draft but still wanting to help, he joined Frank Capra's Signal Corps. He made training videos and that is how he got introduced to animation.

Later on when Seuss was editing magazines like Judge and Vanity Fair he was offered a contract to illustrate a collection of children saying's called Boners. although the book wasn't very popular it was still considered Seuss's breakthrough. The first book he published was "And To Think I Saw It On Mulberry Street," which was rejected 27 times at first. He continued to publish more book that he is known for.

Later on (elder)

His first wife died in 1967 but he remarried to his old friend Audrey, who is the president of Dr. Seuss enterprise. By the time he died on September 24, 1991 he had already published 44 children's books. Some of which have even been made into movies. He has gotten two Academy awards, two Emmy awards, a Peabody award and the Pulitzer award.


"Don't cry because it's over. Smile because it happened."

"You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you choose."

"Why fit in when you were born to stand out?"

"Unless some one like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not."

His Struggle Was Real

Dr. Seuss enjoyed to do animation and cartoons so he thought of being a child book author even though he wasn't a big fan of kids. The first book he tried and eventually succeeded in publishing is "To Think I Saw It On Mulberry Street," which was rejected 27 times until the company Vanguard Press chose to publish it. When it was published it didn't have much fame but that didn't last for long because people gave it rave reviews, even adults.
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Works Cited

"All About Dr. Seuss." All About Dr. Seuss. Dr. Seuss Enterprises, 2002. Web. 16

Mar. 2016. <http://www.catinthehat.org/history.htm>.

Biography.com Editors. "Dr. Seuss Biograpgy." Dr. Seuss Biography. A&E

Television Net, n.d. Web. 16 Mar. 2016. <http://www.biography.com/people/


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