Theodor Seuss Geisel was an American children’s author, poet, cartoonist, filmmaker, and illustrator. He is well-known for his work, writing and illustrating more than 60 books under the pen name Dr. Seuss. In 1937, he published his first children’s book “And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street“.
Dr. Seuss has written several poetic children’s books, including Green Eggs and Ham, The Cat in the Hat, The Lorax, One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, and many more. His popular children’s books have sold over 600 million copies and being translated into more than 20 languages by the time of his death. Several animated versions and Broadway musicals have been inspired by his best-selling books having imaginative children’s stories. Dr. Seuss won the Lewis Carroll Shelf Award in 1958 for Horton Hatches the Egg and again in 1961 for And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street.
Dr. Seuss’s birthday has been officially recognized as National Read Across America Day. Let’s take a sneak peek through the writer’s net worth he made before leaving us all.
Dr. Seuss’s Net Worth
Dr. Seuss’s Net Worth is estimated at $75 Million. Throughout his career, he has written over 60 books (though all were not published) which have earned him a ton of money. After his death, Dr. Seuss’s wife founded Dr. Seuss Enterprises in 1993, which owns the rights to Dr. Seuss’s books, TV shows, films, digital media, and other strategic partnerships. At first, it was producing films, merchandise, and new books but later grew rapidly and managed to strike a deal with Warner Animation Group.
Although his career as an author and advertiser earned him a lot of money, according to Forbes, Dr. Seuss Enterprises made him the world’s second-highest-paid dead celebrity (2020) after Michael Jackson. The author earned $33 million in 2020 alone. Just five years prior to that, he was reportedly worth only $9.5 million.
According to sources, Dr. Seuss’s net worth is estimated to be around $75 million. As Dr. Seuss Enterprises is growing rapidly every year, it is assumed that his net worth will surpass $100 million soon.
Six books of Dr. Seuss will not be printed for racist images
Dr. Seuss’s six books including, “And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street” and “If I Ran the Zoo” will stop being published because they were deemed to have “insensitive and racist imagery.” Dr. Seuss Enterprises announced on Tuesday.
“These books portray people in ways that are hurtful and wrong,” Dr. Seuss Enterprises told The Associated Press in a statement that coincided with the late author and illustrator’s birthday.
“Ceasing sales of these books is only part of our commitment and our broader plan to ensure Dr. Seuss Enterprises’ catalog represents and supports all communities and families,” it said.
The other books that would be no longer published are “McElligot’s Pool,” “On Beyond Zebra!,” “Scrambled Eggs Super!,” and “The Cat’s Quizzer.”
The Author’s Early Years
Geisel was born on the 2nd of March in the year 1904. Born and brought up in Springfield, Massachusetts, he is the son of Henrietta and Theodor Robert Geisel. Seuss went to Dartmouth University and was a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon. He also worked for Dartmouth Jack-O-Lantern magazine and ultimately became editor-in-chief. Following Dartmouth College, he attended Lincoln College in Oxford for his Ph.D. in English Literature. In 1927, he left Oxford to start his career as an illustrator and cartoonist for Vanity Fair, Life, and many other publications.
Seuss has worked as an illustrator for FLIT and Standard Oil and also used to spend some time drawing political cartoons for a New York City daily newspaper, PM, during World War II.
After the war, Seuss returned with his wife to write children’s books in La Jolla, California. Seuss has been nominated several times for the Newbury and Caldecott Awards but never won. Seuss has won the Laura Ingalls Wilder Medal and a special Pulitzer Prize in 1984. Dr. Seuss died on September 24, 1991, at his home in La Jolla, California, at the age of 87 due to oral cancer.