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Lost Dr. Seuss Stories To Be Published

By Harriet Staff

According to this article in the LA Times, seven lost stories by Theodor Geisel, AKA beloved poet-teller of Whos and whimsy, Dr. Seuss, will be published by Random House in September. The collection is titled “The Bippolo Seed”.

According to this article (referenced in the LA Times article) in Publishers Weekly, the collection came about thanks to Seussian Charles D. Cohen.

From that article:

Cohen, who notes that there are some 30 stories from Geisel’s “magazine period,” explains that the selections in The Bippolo Seed mark a pivotal transitional point in the author’s career. “This is Dr. Seuss exactly when he was becoming Dr. Seuss,” he says. “From a chance encounter with a three-year-old who couldn’t yet read but had memorized his Thidwick the Big-Hearted Moose, Geisel had realized the importance of using rhyme as a read-aloud, auditory experience. He’d observed German and Japanese children reared on propaganda during World War II and began to realize that, instead of that negative influence, he had a skill that could make a positive difference. He started writing with the rhythm and rhyme for which he’s now known, and it tickles me to see the way that style and his expertise develop in this story collection, and to know that others will now be able to appreciate and enjoy it, too.”

This is good news, indeed.


Posted in Poetry News on Friday, August 19th, 2011 by Harriet Staff.