Dr. Seuss: American Icon

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Bloomsbury Academic, 2005 - Biography & Autobiography - 301 pages
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Published in time for the centenary of Seuss's birth in March 2004, Dr. Seuss: American Icon, celebrates one of the most influential authors and artists of the 20th century: Theodor Seuss Geisel, best known as 'Dr. Seuss'. Dr Seuss's ascendance from children's author to American icon confirms that his cultural significance rests not just with the beginning reader, but with the scholar, the artist, and the poet.

Seuss's Beginner Books(starting with The Cat in the Hat in 1957) have obscured the enormous range of his contributions to American literature. Similarly his art, unfairly overlooked because it appears in children's books, cartoons, and commercials, actually covers a range of styles, including Surrealism, Art Nouveau, and Cubism.

Bringing to light the adult perspective behind the children's writer, Philip Nel examines Seuss's lesser-known works, such as the 'adult book' The Seven Lady Godivas (1939), and the live-action musical The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T (1953). The book also features the most comprehensive Seuss bibliography ever produced, documenting his prodigious output.

As well as establishing Seuss's place among poets and artists, Dr. Seuss: American Icon links the Seuss people know and the Seuss people do not know.

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User Review  - Aaron Toch - Goodreads

You will learn a lot about Dr. Seuss, stuff that you didn't even know you cared about. Philip Nel is a superb writer and it shows in every carefully thought of sentence. Read full review

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User Review  - Pete D'angelo - Goodreads

this book is not as much biography as literary/art criticism and analysis. what i was really hoping to discover was "who was this ted geisel guy, really?" and while i did learn a little, and there ... Read full review

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Philip Nel's Dr. Seuss: American Icon -- Bibliographic Supplement
As a further supplement to the bibliography of Dr. Seuss: American Icon, readers should consult the following two works (both of which appearead after I ...
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These themes are addressed in Dr. Seuss: American Icon. ... Over two thirds of Dr. Seuss: American Icon centers on issues of Seuss's ties to modern art and ...
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Celebrating the 100th Birthday of Dr. Seuss : NPR
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CSAB: Nel -- Dr. Seuss: American Icon
Dr. Seuss: American Icon. New York and London: Continuum, 2004. 301pp. ISBN 0-8264-1434-6 (hc). List of Illustrations and Credits ... vii; Acknowledgements ...
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Book Talk - 01/05/2004: Dr. Seuss: Icon and Iconoclast...
Dr Seuss: American Icon Author: Philip Nel Publisher: Continuum (2004) ISBN 0-8264-1434-6. Musical Items:. Main Title - The Kids ...
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Dr. Seuss and the Avant-Garde
Nel discusses the artistic influences on Seuss in more depth in his new book to be released in March, Dr. Seuss: American Icon. He identifies the work of ...
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To the Best of Our Knowledge
Philip Nel is the author of Dr. Seuss: American Icon. He talks with Steve Paulson about "The 5000 Fingers of Dr. T." It was the first Dr. Seuss film, ...
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Childrenís Literature Goes to War: Dr. Seuss, pd Eastman, Munro ...
fully in Dr. Seuss: American Icon, Seussís books grant girls fewer rights. and opportunities. While Leafís books do not grant equal opportunities to girls, ...
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About the author (2005)

Philip Nel is Assistant Professor of English at Kansas State University. He is the author of JK Rowling's Harry Potter Novels: A Reader's Guide (2001) - and The Avant-Garde and American Postmodernity (2002). He is currently writing a biography of Crockett Johnson and Ruth Krauss.

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