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Theodor Seuss Geisel (2 March 1904 – 24 September 1991) was an American children’s author, political cartoonist, illustrator, poet, animator, screenwriter, and filmmaker.
He was born and raised in Springfield, but his family was of German descent. They had emigrated from Bavaria (now a part of Germany) in the 19th century and settled in Massachusetts.
During World War 1, Theodor and his sister Marnie experienced anti-German prejudice: this personal experience made him develop a strong sense of social justice. He was against any kind of discrimination. In one of his books, he wrote the well-known phrase: ‘A person’s a person, no matter how small’.
During his college years at Dartmouth he was caught drinking alcohol in his room, violating the Prohibition law. As a consequence, he was removed as editor of the college humour magazine “Jack -O-Lantern”. He wanted to continue his work, but to…
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