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30 Things You Didn’t Know About Dr. Seuss

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21. He began writing and drawing children’s books because it was one of the few genres not forbidden by his ad contracts.

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22. His first published children’s book, “And to Think That I Saw it on Mulberry Street,” was rejected by publishers 27 times before it went to press in 1937.

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23. In 1939, he published a book for adults called “The Seven Lady Godivas,” full of cartoon nudes. It didn’t sell well, and he went back to children’s books.

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24. During World War II, he enlisted in the army and co-wrote some 27 humorous instructional cartoons featuring a hapless army recruit called Private Snafu.

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25. He might have invented the word “nerd,” which appears in his 1950 book “If I Ran the Zoo” — though the derivation is disputed.

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