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Cinema & the Arts as Sermons - Dr. Seuss' Midnight Paintings & Unorthodox Taxidermy

Updated: Jul 23, 2023

Dr. Seuss' Midnight Paintings & Unorthodox Taxidermy

"Dr. Seuss. The man credited with inspiring generations of imagination. However with as much creativity as he gave to the world, he kept plenty for himself. In this segment, Didiayer visits the Fingerhut Gallery in Laguna Beach California to learn about Dr. Seuss' Midnight Paintings!" from video introduction.

In this excellent video we see a glimpse of Dr. Seuss (aka Theodore Geisel) private collection of his art. Theodor Seuss "Ted" Geisel (1904 – 1991)[5] was an American children's author, political cartoonist, illustrator, poet, animator, and filmmaker. Best known for his work writing and illustrating more than 60 children's books under the pen name Dr. Seuss. His work includes many of the most popular children's books of all time with over 600 million copies printed and translated into more than 20 languages.

Interestingly his first wife Helen Geisel was unable to bear children, and Geisel did not father any children with second wife Audrey, he however was a stepfather to her two daughters. When Dr. Seuss was asked how he could connect with children in spite of not having his own, his answer was always, “You have ‘em, and I’ll entertain ‘em.”

Geisel’s early life (the son of Christian parents) was framed by mandatory chapel services at Oxford and Dartmouth. Geisel’s strong religious background was also bound up in his German heritage. There is much Christian imagery to be found in Dr. Seuss's stories. I hope you enjoy this video.

Here are links to two books you might like:

Dr. Seuss & Mr. Geisel: A Biography by Judith & Neil Morgan

The Parables of Dr. Seuss by Robert L. Short

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