Many of Geisel's books express his views on a remarkable variety of social and political issues: Geisel wrote most of his books in anapestic tetrameter , a poetic meter employed by many poets of the English literary canon. This is often suggested as one of the reasons that Geisel's writing was so well received. Anapestic tetrameter consists of four rhythmic units called anapests , each composed of two weak syllables followed by one strong syllable the beat ; often, the first weak syllable is omitted, or an additional weak syllable is added at the end.
That is all he can see. Some books by Geisel that are written mainly in anapestic tetrameter also contain many lines written in amphibrachic tetrameter , such as these from If I Ran the Circus:. All rea dy to put up the tents for my cir cus. I think I will call it the Cir cus Mc Gur kus. No for mer per for mer's per formed this per for mance! Geisel also wrote verse in trochaic tetrameter , an arrangement of a strong syllable followed by a weak syllable, with four units per line for example, the title of One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish.
Traditionally, English trochaic meter permits the final weak position in the line to be omitted, which allows both masculine and feminine rhymes. Geisel generally maintained trochaic meter for only brief passages, and for longer stretches typically mixed it with iambic tetrameter , which consists of a weak syllable followed by a strong, and is generally considered easier to write.
Thus, for example, the magicians in Bartholomew and the Oobleck make their first appearance chanting in trochees thus resembling the witches of Shakespeare's Macbeth:. They then switch to iambs for the oobleck spell:. Go make the Oob leck tum ble down On ev ery street , in ev ery town! Geisel's early artwork often employed the shaded texture of pencil drawings or watercolors , but in his children's books of the postwar period, he generally made use of a starker medium—pen and ink—normally using just black, white, and one or two colors.
His later books, such as The Lorax , used more colors. Geisel's style was unique — his figures are often "rounded" and somewhat droopy. This is true, for instance, of the faces of The grinch and the Cat in the Hat. Almost all his buildings and machinery were devoid of straight lines when they were drawn, even when he was representing real objects.
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For example, If I Ran the Circus shows a droopy hoisting crane and a droopy steam calliope. Geisel evidently enjoyed drawing architecturally elaborate objects. His endlessly varied but never rectilinear palaces, ramps, platforms, and free-standing stairways are among his most evocative creations. Geisel also liked drawing outlandish arrangements of feathers or fur: Geisel's illustrations often convey motion vividly.
He was also fond of drawing hands with interlocked fingers, making it look as though his characters were twiddling their thumbs. Geisel also follows the cartoon tradition of showing motion with lines , like in the sweeping lines that accompany Sneelock's final dive in If I Ran the Circus. Cartoon lines are also used to illustrate the action of the senses—sight, smell, and hearing—in The Big Brag, and lines even illustrate "thought", as in the moment when the Grinch conceives his awful plan to ruin Christmas.
Geisel's early work in advertising and editorial cartooning helped him to produce "sketches" of things that received more perfect realization later in his children's books. Often, the expressive use to which Geisel put an image later on was quite different from the original.
Geisel wrote more than 60 books over the course of his long career. Most were published under his well-known pseudonym Dr. His books have topped many bestseller lists, sold over million copies, and been translated into more than 20 languages.
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Hooray for Diffendoofer Day! My Many Colored Days was originally written in but was posthumously published in In September , seven stories originally published in magazines during the s were released in a collection titled The Bippolo Seed and Other Lost Stories. Geisel also wrote a pair of books for adults: His last book was Oh, the Places You'll Go! For most of his career, Geisel was reluctant to have his characters marketed in contexts outside of his own books. However, he did permit the creation of several animated cartoons, an art form in which he had gained experience during World War II, and he gradually relaxed his policy as he aged.
The first adaptation of one of Geisel's works was a cartoon version of Horton Hatches the Egg , animated at Warner Bros. It was presented as part of the Merrie Melodies series and included a number of gags not present in the original narrative, including a fish committing suicide and a Katharine Hepburn imitation by Mayzie.
As part of the Puppetoon theatrical cartoon series for Paramount Pictures , two of Geisel's works were adapted into stop-motion films by George Pal. In , Geisel authorized Revell , the well-known plastic model-making company, to make a series of "animals" that snapped together rather than being glued together, and could be assembled, disassembled, and re-assembled "in thousands" of ways. The series was called the "Dr. The basic body parts were the same and all were interchangeable, and so it was possible for children to combine parts from various characters in essentially unlimited ways in creating their own animal characters Revell encouraged this by selling Gowdy, Norval, and Tingo together in a "Gift Set" as well as individually.
Revell also made a conventional glue-together "beginner's kit" of The Cat in the Hat. Geisel was credited as a co-producer under his real name Ted Geisel, along with Jones. The cartoon was narrated by Boris Karloff , who also provided the voice of the Grinch. It was very faithful to the original book, and is considered a classic to this day by many. It is often broadcast as an annual Christmas television special. Jones directed an adaptation of Horton Hears a Who!
From to , Geisel wrote six animated specials that were produced by DePatie-Freleng: The Lorax ; Dr. Several of the specials won multiple Emmy Awards. A Soviet paint-on-glass-animated short film was made in called Welcome , an adaptation of Thidwick the Big-Hearted Moose.
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The last adaptation of Geisel's work before he died was The Butter Battle Book , a television special based on the book of the same name, directed by adult animation legend Ralph Bakshi. A television film titled In Search of Dr. Seuss was released in , which adapted many of Seuss's stories. It uses both live-action versions and animated versions of the characters and stories featured; however, the animated portions were merely edited versions of previous animated television specials and, in some cases, re-dubbed as well.
After Geisel died of cancer at the age of 87 in , his widow Audrey Geisel was placed in charge of all licensing matters. She approved a live-action feature-film version of How the Grinch Stole Christmas starring Jim Carrey , as well as a Seuss-themed Broadway musical called Seussical , and both premiered in The Grinch has had limited engagement runs on Broadway during the Christmas season, after premiering in under the title How the Grinch Stole Christmas at the Old Globe Theatre in San Diego, where it has become a Christmas tradition.
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In , another live-action film was released, this time an adaptation of The Cat in the Hat that featured Mike Myers as the title character. Audrey Geisel has spoken critically of the film, especially the casting of Myers as the Cat in the Hat, and stated that she would not allow any further live-action adaptations of Geisel's books. Four television series have been adapted from Geisel's work.
The first, Gerald McBoing-Boing , was an animated television adaptation of Geisel's cartoon of the same name and lasted three months between and The second, The Wubbulous World of Dr. Seuss , was a mix of live-action and puppetry by Jim Henson Television , the producers of The Muppets. It aired for one season on Nickelodeon in the United States, from to The third, Gerald McBoing-Boing , is a remake of the series.
Geisel's books and characters are also featured in Seuss Landing , one of many islands at the Islands of Adventure theme park in Orlando, Florida. In an attempt to match Geisel's visual style, there are reportedly "no straight lines" in Seuss Landing. Seuss Enterprises have struck a deal to make new animated movies based on the stories of Dr. Their first project will be a fully animated version of The Cat in the Hat. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. For the physicist, see Theo Geisel physicist. For people with the last name Suess rather than Seuss, see Suess disambiguation.
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In opposition to the conventional—indeed, hegemonic—iambic voice, his metric triplets offer the power of a more primal chant that quickly draws the reader in with relentless repetition. Of Sneetches and Whos and the Good Dr. I've always fancied myself as a writer. As a pre-teen, I started writing a pirate story, featuring a woman pirate who comes head-to-head with a male counterpart and prevails.
There was, of course, a love interest developing between them, but it never saw the light of day because I quit my attempt at writing my great novel after a few pages. There were more aborted attempts later, including a four-act play set in South America involving a terrorist this was before terrorists were much in vogue, circa who falls in love with a female embassy worker, with the female, and love, again winning out.
But only one act found its way to the written page. Then there were my college years with occasional submissions to the student paper and various student publications, including some lesser known ones in which I served as editor, thus ensuring that my work would be published. After that, my professional life intervened and, while part of my work consisted of writing scientific papers, some of which were published and some were not, I didn't start writing the Peter and Rosetta series until my wife went on an extended trip and I got tired of watching inane programs on television.
The day came when I told myself that I could write better stories than the ones I was watching. This gave rise to Pelf, the first story in the Peter and Rosetta series, which was inspired by the intriguing name of an exit to I freeway in St. Louis, the Lucas-Hunt exit.
Are you an author? Help us improve our Author Pages by updating your bibliography and submitting a new or current image and biography. Learn more at Author Central. The newest title in the Peter and Rosetta series is The Hike, a short story. Peter is hired to find the three hikers that disappeared after a night of frolicking at the foot of the canyon in Zion National Park. What follows is a tale of suspense and terror, with Peter and Rosetta caught in the thick of things.
The Hike is available for the kindle and nook e-readers. The latest Peter and Rosetta story has Peter attending a book fair, where he meets Bess Seller, the writer of numerous historical novels. He decides to try her style of writing, but gets caught up in the chase of a real-life bodice ripper. This is the tenth Peter and Rosetta adventure.
Scam and Savasana have joined the seven other stories in the Peter and Rosetta series. They are available for the Kindle and nook e-readers. In Scam, Peter and Rosetta get involved in saving seniors from a variety of scams, starting with the lonely hearts scammers Dasha from Russia and Iga from Riga to more sinister characters. All this while shopping for a house and waiting for the imminent arrival of the newest addition to their household. In Savasana, Rosetta decides. Peter and Rosetta are now on nook. The books listed in the previous blog are now available for the nook.
I'm also working on a standalone version of A Bird Called Tabitha which appears in segments in Ecdysiast as a children's book.