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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 completed Dr. Seuss: American Icon):
  • Charles Cohen's The Seuss, the Whole Seuss and Nothing But the Seuss (New York: Random House, 2004)
  • Richard H. F. Lindemann's The Dr. Seuss Catalog: An Annotated Guide to Works by Theodor Geisel in All Media, Writings About Him, and Appearances of Characters and Places in the Books, Stories and Films.  (Jefferson, North Carolina, and London: McFarland & Company, 2005)

Bibliographic Supplement to Dr. Seuss: American Icon


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In my book, Dr. Seuss: American Icon, I include a bibliography of all Dr. Seuss's non-advertising work. However, Seuss was so incredibly prolific that I know that I will have missed something. So, I've created this page to correct any omissions. Should there be a second edition of the book, I will include these items and will (of course) give credit to those who've helped.

-- Philip Nel, September 2003


Works by Dr. Seuss

Books Written and Illustrated by Dr. Seuss

The Foot Book. New York: Random House, 1968. [I cannot describe how embarrassed I feel to have omitted this from p. 213. I am, however, glad that the web allows me to correct my error.]

Cohen, Charles, ed.  How the Grinch Stole Christmas!  A 50th Anniversary Retrospective with 32 pages of commentary and archival images.  New York: Random House, 2007.  Includes 3 TSG magazine stories: "Perfect Present" (1953), "Prayer for a Child" (1955), and "The Hoobub and the Grinch" (1955).

---.  Yertle the Turtle and Other Stories.  A 50th Anniversary Retrospective with 32 pages of commentary and archival images.  New York: Random House, 2008.  Includes TSG magazine stories "The Ruckus" (1954) and "The Kindly Snather" (1956).

---. The Bippolo Seed and Other Lost Stories. New York: Random House, 2011. Seven magazine stories, all published in 1950 or 1951: title tale, "The Bear, the Rabbit, and the Zinniga-Zanniga," "Gustav the Goldfish," "Tadd and Todd," "Steak for Supper," "The Strange Shirt Spot," and "The Great Henry McBride."

Nel, Philip, ed. The Annotated Cat: Under the Hats of Seuss and His Cats. Random House, 2007. Includes the full text of The Cat in the Hat, The Cat in the Hat Comes Back, along with two essays by Seuss, draft material, related illustrations, etc.

Theodor Seuss Geisel: The Early Works of Dr. Seuss, Volume 1. Miamisburg, OH: Checker Book Publishing, 2005.  Includes: "This Is Ann," some Judge magazine illustrations, some Liberty magazine illustrations, some PM cartoons, some illustrations from Boners, and ads for Atlas, Chilton Wingflow Pens, Macy-Westchester, and L.P.C. Co.

Theodor Seuss Geisel: The Early Works of Dr. Seuss, Volume 2. Miamisburg, OH: Checker Book Publishing, 2006.  Includes: more Judge magazine illustrations, more illustrations from Boners, more PM cartoons.

Dr. Seuss's Cartoons and Parodies in Other Publications

"I am So Thrilled, My Dear! At Last I Can Understand the Ecstasy Lawrence Experienced When He Raced Posthaste Across the Sands of Arabia in Pursuit of the Fleeting Arab." Saturday Evening Post 16 July 1927. [The title and magazine are on p. 234; the date is not.]

Schiffrin, André, ed.  Dr. Seuss & Co. Go to War: The World War II Cartoons of America's Leading Comic Artists.  New York: The New Press, 2009. More PM cartoons.

Secondary Sources

Literary Criticism

Abate, Michelle Ann. "'I Speak for the National Oak Flooring Manufacturers Association': Truax, the Anti-Green Movement, and the Corporate Production of Children's Literature." In Raising Your Kids Right: Children's Literature and American Political Conservatism. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 2010. 53-78.

Ahuvia, Aaron. “Dr. Seuss, felicitator.” International Journal of Wellbeing 1.2 (2011): 197-213. <>.

Fenkl, Heinz Insu. "The Secret Alchemy of Dr. Seuss." The Endicott Studio Journal of Mythic Arts. 2001. <>. Claims that Seuss has become "culturally ubiquitous because his works bring together all the elements that make folklore indelible in our consciousness," citing The Lorax as an example, and noting in particular the book's "complex interweaving of symbolism and anagrams." Also mentions controversy over the book, and provides biographical overview of Seuss's life.

Hearn, Michael Patrick. "Who the Zeus Was Dr. Seuss?" Teaching and Learning Literature. Nov./Dec. 1995. 61-66. Essay review offers mixed assessment of Judith and Neil Morgan's Dr. Seuss and Mr. Geisel, provides summary biography, and discusses Seuss's influences.

Henderson, Jennifer. "Green Eggs & Movies: Celebrating Dr. Seuss' 100th Birthday." Big Reel: Movie, Video, & Hollywood Collectibles. Mar. 2004: 16, 20, 24, 30, 34, 36. Extensive overview of film and audio adaptations of Dr. Seuss's works, as well as biographical films on Seuss. Fully illustrated.

---. "Green Eggs & Postcards: In Search of Dr. Seuss postcards." Postcard Collector 22.3 (March 2004): 13-16, 23-24. On postcards featuring Seuss's characters. Fully illustrated with color images of the cards.

Lakhtakia, Akhlesh. "Fractals and The Cat in the Hat." Journal of Recreational Mathematics 22.3 (1990): 161-4. Uses The Cat in the Hat Comes Back to explain fractals.

Lindemann, Richard H. F.  The Dr. Seuss Catalog: An Annotated Guide to Works by Theodor Geisel in All Media, Writings About Him, and Appearances of Characters and Places in the Books, Stories and Films.  Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2005. A thorough, book-length bibliography.

Mason, Ian Garrick. "Stop Making Sense." The Walrus 1.3 (Feb/Mar 2004): 91-95. Provides biographical summary and situates Seuss among nonsense poets.

Nel, Philip. "Children's Literature Goes to War: Dr. Seuss, P.D. Eastman, Munro Leaf, and the Private SNAFU Films (1943-46)." The Journal of Popular Culture 40.3 (June 2007): 468-87. <> (Available to subscribers.)

op de Beeck, Nathalie. “‘Mulberry Street runs into Bliss’: Slippery Intersections in Dr. Seuss’s Debut.” Art, Narrative, and Childhood. Edited by Morag Styles and Eve Bearne. Stoke on Trent, England: Trentham Books, 2003: 9-19.

---. “Speaking for the Trees: Environmental Ethics in the Rhetoric and Production of Picture Books.” Children’s Literature Association Quarterly 30.3 (Fall 2005): 265-287.

Pease, Donald E. "Dr. Seuss in Ted Geisel's Never-Never Land." PMLA 126.1 (2011): 197-202. Taking And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street as its focus, the essay offers a version of the argument made in Chapter 1 of Theodor SEUSS Geisel (citation below).

---. Theodor SEUSS Geisel.  New York and London: Oxford UP, 2010. Brief psychobiography of Seuss, with some analyses of his works.

Shortsleeve, Kevin.  "The Cat in the Hippie: Dr. Seuss and the 60s Rebel." The Oxford Handbook of Children's Literature.  Ed. Lynne Vallone and Julia Mickenberg. Oxford University Press: 2011.  189-209.

Interviews and Profiles

Geisel, Helen P. "Dr. Seuss Was Born an Artist." Young Wings. Published by The Junior Literary Guild (Garden City, NY). Jan. 1948. 8-9. HG on TSG's childhood, art, education, magazine cartoons, advertising, WWII service, and McElligot's Pool. Cover of Young Wings has illustration from McElligot's Pool.

Sullivan, Robert. "Oh The Places He Did Go." @UCSD: An Alumni Publication May 2004: 22-29. TSG on the Springfield zoo, drawing, childhood, humor, the Jack-o-lantern/pseudonym story, poetry. Audrey Geisel on the Geisel Library, TSG saving his work, establishing the Dr. Seuss Collection at USCD, the Seuss statue, and TSG's ashes. Lynda Claassen on Audrey's generosity, the Dr. Seuss Collection, researchers, and exhibits. Sydney Lea on TSG's verse. Richard Minear on TSG's cultural importance.

Swift, Earl. "We Celebrate Dr. Seuss." Parade 15 Feb. 2004: 4-6. Comments from Maurice Sendak, Lark Grey Dimond-Cates, and Audrey Geisel. AG on TSG's inspiration, origin of Horton Hatches the Egg, and how TSG would respond to the centennial celebrations. LGD-C on TSG's gait, the centennial, and her memorial.


I also post items related to Dr. Seuss on my blog, Nine Kinds of Pie.


THANKS TO: everyone thanked on the "Acknowledgments" pages of Dr. Seuss: American Icon, and: Lane Smith, Russell James, Aaron Ahuvia.

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