Theodor Seuss Geisel was born in Springfield, Massachusetts, to Theodor Robert and Henrietta (Seuss) Geisel. His father managed the family brewery and later supervised Springfield’s public park system after the brewery closed due to Prohibition. Suess incorporate his childhood neighborhoood into Mulberry Street in Springfield, made famous in Dr. Seuss’ first children’s book And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street! The street is less than a mile southwest of his boyhood home on Fairfield Street.
A Dartmouth College graduate of the Class of 1925, he began his literary career joining the humor magazine Dartmouth Jack-O-Lantern, eventually rising to the rank of editor-in-chief. His “official” stint there was short lived after he was caught drinking gin in his dorm room with nine friends. In order to continue writing for the Jack-O-Lantern, Geisel cleverly began signing his work with the pen name “Seuss” and continued to write for the magazine until his graduation. After graduation he attended Oxford hoping to earn additional degrees. His plan was cut short when meeting, Marion Helen Palmer, a Wellesley graduate and six years older than he. They married in 1927and soon returned to the United States. Read more