Thursday, April 21st, 2011
A dcumentary that traces the evolution of Geisel’s art and political philosophy and shows how he deftly combined his delightful, otherworldly creations with moral parables and progressive ideas.
Both an idealist and a curmudgeon, Theodor Seuss Geisel (1904–91) spent much of his life trying to improve a society he knew was inherently flawed. He had a keen eye for hypocrites, bullies and demagogues, and ridiculed them whenever he got the chance. He was a man of strong opinions and deep convictions, though shy and unassuming in demeanor. Among friends he was quite charming, and was famous for his practical jokes. And yet he guarded his privacy dearly, and seldom made public appearances. He was an internationally renowned children’s author, though he never had children of his own, and once admitted that “in mass, they terrify me.