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Arts & Culture

Dr. Seuss' New England Roots

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Sean Teehan
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NEPR
The Dr. Seuss Museum in Springfield, Massachusetts.

Growing up reading Dr. Seuss books like, well, just about everyone else, I imagined they were written by someone who grew up in a fantastical place, filled with oddly shaped trees and strangely-named animals.  But, it turns out Dr. Seuss, born Theodor Geisel, actually grew up in the rather normal town of Springfield, Massachusetts.  

A new biography by Brian Jay Jones explores how his New England upbringing and Dartmouth education shaped Geisel's work.  The book is called Becoming Dr. Seuss: Theodor Geisel and the Making of an American Imagination