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Dr Suess’ Naked & Famous

The Seven Lady Godivas: The True Facts Concerning History’s Barest Family.

Beloved children’s author Dr Seuss pioneered an entire field of literature. His literary contributions are unsurpassed and his accolades are profound. The good doctor is one of the world’s most translated authors (and artists) and along with JK Rawlings and perhaps JRR Tokein, his literary classics have enjoyed pheomenal success at the box office for his various film adapatations.

As familiar as we all might think we are with his prolific output, as much as we can rattle of rhymes about green eggs and cats in hats, most of us are completely unaware of the other side to his artistic coin.

Theodor Seuss Geisel started his career with Random House Publishing under the provisor that the publisher would first publish his ‘adult’ book. Green Eggs and Ham was preccededWhat is rather endearing to our millenial sensibilities was an outright  senstation to 1930’s mindset. A story about 7 nudist sisters forgoing marriage until they contributed something worthy to the world was not only scandalous because of the naked illustrations, it was its narrative that endorsed female independence, a form of feminism, that really rubbed the establishment the wrong way.

If this is one of the role of artists in our society, Dr Seuss was definitely doing it right!

For more on Dr Seuss’ delightful naked sisters click here.

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