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Theodor Seuss Geisel in a 1986 photo.
Dr. Seuss: American Icon considers the cultural importance of Theodor Seuss Geisel and looks at some of his lesser-known works.
What are your earliest memories of reading? For many, that question is likely to stir recollections of The Cat in the Hat. And what about Horton, the Lorax and the Grinch? On that bright shelf of undying children's classics, Dr. Seuss holds a prized position. His tongue-knotting rhymes, frantic colors and fantastic creatures have ushered generations of children down the loopy path to literacy.
His power as a children's author certainly merits celebration. But would you rate Theodor Seuss Geisel as an integral American icon? One of the most influential American poets of the last century? A savvy advocate of political ideals? Would you link his name with the likes of James Joyce and Ogden Nash?
Talk of the Nation celebrates Dr. Seuss' contribution to children's literature, and explores his lasting influence on American culture.
Philip Nel, author of Dr. Seuss: American Icon