Trivia: Dr. Seuss

  • Child Hater: Averted.
    "Well, like anyone you know, there are good kids and there are creeps. And I like the good ones and I don't like the creeps."
  • Creator Backlash/Old Shame: Seuss grew to dislike his offensive caricatures of the Japanese, especially after he visited post-war Japan, and wrote Horton Hears a Who!! as an allegory of America's occupation of Japan. He even dedicated it to a Japanese friend, Mitsugi Nakamura.
  • Creator Breakdown: In the late '60s, his mother passed away and his first wife committed suicide. His resulting depression inspired the much darker I Had Trouble in Getting to Solla Sollew and The Lorax.
  • Funny Books, Boring Author: He was nowhere near as colorful a person as his works and was always afraid that children would reject any notion that something as wild and imaginative as The Cat in the Hat was written by a plain-looking grown-up. He was also a chain smoker and a casual drinker.
  • He Also Did: Seriously, who today expected Dr. Seuss to have drawn political cartoons during World War II? He also ghostwrote a popular "Biography of Donald Duck" book for the Disney Studio
  • Reclusive Artist: He rarely gave interviews or appeared in public, partly because he wanted his work to speak for itself, but also because he was incredibly shy.
  • What Could Have Been: Before his death, Dr. Seuss wrote a script for a film version of Oh the Places You'll Go with 13 songs that would have told the story of a boy not wanting to be born and the Cat in the Hat guiding him through the ups and downs of life.
  • Write What You Know: The Grinch is one of his most personal characters. Seuss' house and studio were on a hill in California and, every Christmas, he would look down in disgust at all the cheesy decorations and lights adorning the houses below.