Dr. Seuss as a political cartoonist
Dr. Seuss is forever entrenched in the upper pantheon of children’s books writers. Many of the 46 children’s books he wrote still have a place on our kids bookshelves. From Cat In The Hat to Hop on Pop to Green Eggs and Ham his stories are part of the fabric of many a childhood. His books have sold over 600 million copies, and appear in more than 20 languages. In 2000, Publishers Weekly compiled a list of the best-selling children’s books of all time; of the top 100 hardcover books, 16 were written by Dr. Seuss!
For two years, in the early 1940’s and early in his career Theodor Seuss Geisel aka Dr. Seuss was also the chief editorial cartoonist for the New York newspaper PM. During his tenure he drew over 400 politically charged cartoons.
The current happenings in Ferguson, Missouri lead me to his political cartoon pictured above, ”What this country needs is a good mental insecticide,” which led me to his archive housed at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD).
About half of Geisel’s output was gathered by Richard H. Minear for his book Dr. Seuss Goes to War in 1999, all 400 are cataloged and available online courtesy of UCSD special collections
Dr Seuss Goes To War by Richard H. Minear. Introduction by Art Spiegelman. Published by The New Press, 1999
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