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Saturday, August 6, 2016

A B&B Brief: Geisel for Geezers: A Must-Read

I read about this book on the Washington Post website in late June, and saved the link so I could a) get the book and b) pass the info along to this blog’s readers:

You’re Only Old Once: A Book for Obsolete Children by Dr. Seuss, aka Theodor Geisel.

Here’s how the book came to pass:
“Dr. Seuss, creator of some of history’s most quirky and beloved children’s books, was a famously private man. But during one of his most vulnerable periods — while he was being treated for oral cancer in his early 80s — he wrote a book for adults, a memoir-esque saga of an old man in a bowtie being ushered through the medical industrial complex.”


And here’s the part that gave me a huge (writer’s) lift:
“He was in huge amounts of pain,” said Judith Morgan, a longtime friend and co-author of a biography called “Dr. Seuss and Mr. Geisel.” It wasn’t until 1985, when he was invited to accept an honorary degree from Princeton, that he revived. When he came forward to accept the degree, the graduating class stood up and chanted, “I am Sam! Sam I am!” and then recited the entire text of “Green Eggs and Ham.

“It gave him a huge lift, and when he got home he remembered, this was the way it feels to be on a writer’s high,” Morgan said. It was time to write a new book."


No matter what kind of lift you might be in need of, you'll find it here:





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