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30 Things You Didn’t Know About Dr. Seuss

Source: Kenneth A Schade

11. Helen Palmer, a fellow student at Oxford who was to become his first wife, encouraged him to give up the academic world to concentrate on his art.

Source: Kenneth A Schade

12. He and Helen were unable to have children, but he sometimes pretended humorously to have offsprings, with names like Chrysanthemum-Pearl, Wickersham, Miggles, and Boo-boo.

Source: Ellen Bernard Thompson Pyle in the 1922 Saturday Evening Post / Wikimedia Commons

13. His first published cartoon appeared in a popular weekly magazine, “The Saturday Evening Post,” in 1927.

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14. In 1929, he drew a four-panel cartoon for the satirical weekly Judge that included a blatantly racist image, complete with the n-word.

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15. When it ran into financial difficulties, Judge began paying him in merchandise, including 100 cartons of shaving cream on one occasion and 13 gross of nail clippers on another.

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