Summary (Dictionary of World Biography: The 20th Century)
By the time Theodor Seuss Geisel died, he had written forty-eight books that, when combined, had sold more that 200 million copies. Through these books, he spearheaded a movement to make children’s books interesting and entertaining, and to replace the bland treacle of earlier reading primers. Geisel consistently challenged the conventions of children’s literature because he refused to patronize children. He brought messages to challenge readers of all ages to take action in order to solve dire threats to life. His books also encouraged children to notice and celebrate the differences between people and to take special notice of the differences in themselves.
Geisel was not a person who sought celebrity, but by the time of his death, celebrity had found him. He was loved by three generations of children and adults, and continues to be a source of wonder and inspiration to young readers. Geisel taught those generations that the world was limited only by the imagination. Dr. Seuss took his readers to imaginary and faraway lands, and guided them with humor and gentleness to consider the world from all angles.
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