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1970 Dr. Seuss Handwritten Letter During the Making of Horton Hears a Who! for CBS

Starting Bid - $200.00, Sold For - $696.00

A wonderful handwritten letter by Dr. Seuss to a friend, signed "Ted" (Theodor Geisel) on his personal letterhead, measuring 7 x 10.5 inches. Geisel writes in part: "...Sorry I couldn't get to the party. but I just got back from Africa & am up to my neck. thanks for the clips on Copenhagen & the local court scene. You're doing great! And I'd love to see you IF you give me a phone call at least 2 week[s] in advance... Trouble is, I'm living mostly up in Hollywood next month, where, as you know, I'm making a CBS special. So, phone before you come! If we can't connect this month, we surely will later on when the hat simmers down...Ted" ("9"). The letter is written in blue marker. Theodor Seuss Geisel (1904-1991) was born in Springfield, MA. He graduated Dartmouth College in 1925, and went on to Oxford University with the intent of acquiring a doctorate in literature. At Oxford he met Helen Palmer, whom he wed in 1927. He returned from Europe in 1927, and began writing and drawing cartoons for the humor magazine Judge. In 1936, on his way to Europe for vacation, listening to the rhythm of the ship's engines, he came up with And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street. His first work was rejected by more than forty publishers before finding a home with a small publisher who would become a lifelong friend. During WW II, Geisel joined the army and was sent to Hollywood. Captain Geisel wrote for Frank Capra's Signal Corps Unit (for which he won the Legion of Merit) and produced documentaries (he won Oscars for Hitler Lives and Design for Death). In May 1954, Life published a report decrying illiteracy among school children, noting that children were having trouble learning to read because their books were boring. This inspired Geisel's publisher, who sent him a list of 400 words he felt were important. Nine months later, Geisel, using 220 of the words given to him, published The Cat in the Hat, which became an instant classic. In 1960, the great Bennett Cerf bet Geisel $50 that he couldn't write an entire book using but fifty words. The result was Green Eggs and Ham. (Geisel later claimed that Cerf never paid the $50!) This rare personal letter was written in 1970 during the making of the animated version of Horton Hears A Who! for CBS. Accompanied by the original transmittal envelope, addressed in Geisel's hand, postmarked "Nov 19, 1970," and stapled to the back of letter. In Excellent condition. LOA from James Spence, Steve Grad & John Reznikoff/PSA DNA. Reserve $200. Estimate $400/$800. SOLD FOR $696.00


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