Theodor Seuss Geisel was best known for authoring children's books under the pen name Dr. Seuss. His work includes several of the most popular children's books of all time, selling over 600 million copies and being translated into more than 20 languages by the time of his death.
He began his career as an illustrator and cartoonist for Vanity Fair and other publications after leaving university in 1927, and published his first book in 1937. His greatest success came during the 1950's, with the release of such classics as 'The Cat in The Hat' and 'How the Grinch Stole Christmas'.
"Dr. Seuss was a storyteller in the grandest sense of the word. Not only did he tell fantastical tales of far-away places but he also gave us a unique visual language that carried his stories to new heights of artistic expression. Surrealism provided the foundation from which he built his career, but like a launch pad sitting idle just before liftoff, surrealism was soon to be engulfed in the flames of ridiculous fun and its launch tower thrown to the ground with each new editorial cartoon, magazine cover, painting, or children’s book. " (Robert Chase Jr., 'The Art of Dr Seuss')