One beard, two beards, black beard, blue beard. Known for his goofy rhymes and enjoyable stories, Dr. Seuss amused millions during his career as a children’s book writer.
Seuss began his career in 1927 when he left Oxford University in hopes of pursuing his passion of being a writer.
His first attempt at a big break failed when he was turned down by Time Magazine after submitting a cartoon strip that they felt lacked what they needed.
Dr. Seuss reevaluated his ideas and physical attributes by growing out his beard and starting a little bit smaller. Seuss and his beard were hired by a humor magazine Judge, writing cartoons and comic strips.
He progressively worked his way up to creating animation series for the United States Army during World War II, which later won the Academy Award for Documentary Feature.
After the war, Seuss created a bigger name for himself, creating classics like Horton Hears A Who, The Grinch That Stole Christmas, as and Green Eggs and Ham.
Suess and his beard had finally established a voice for themselves, and they used this voice to talk about education. Life magazine backed up his claims, stating that children were not learning to read because their books were boring.
Because of this, William Spaulding, the director of the education division at Houghton Mifflin, challenged the witty Seuss and his beard to create a story consisting of a maximum of 250 words that Spaulding felt were crucial to learning how to read. Almost a year later, The Cat In the Hat was created, using only 236 of those words.
Throughout the course of Dr. Seuss’s career, he sold more than 600 million copies of his books.
Seuss was an influential children’s book writer, using his light hearted writing style to educate and amuse millions. In 1991, Dr. Seuss passed away.
Rest In Peace Dr. Seuss, may your beard grow forever.