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Title Dr. Seuss, the cat behind the hat / written by Caroline M. Smith ; images compiled and edited by William W. Dreyer, Michael Reagan, Robert Chase Jr
Author Geisel, Theodor Seuss, 1904-1991
Edition 1st rev. ed
Publisher Chicago : Chase Art, 2012
Text the call number
Location Call number Status
 Folio Shelves  PS3513.E2 Z7945 2012x    AVAILABLE  
Phys Desc 319, [1] p. : ill. (chiefly col.) ; 32 cm. + 1color print
Notes "Originally published as Secrets of the deep" --T.p. verso
Includes bibliographical references (p. [320])
Summary "Illustrator by day, surrealist by night, Ted Geisel created a body of previously little-known work during his leisure hours that he called his 'Midnight Paintings,' and which is now known as 'The Secret Art of Dr. Seuss.' This irrepressible and soulful collection redefines Ted Geisel as an iconic American artist. For sixty years, his 'Secret Art' allowed Geisel to expand his artistic boundaries without the confines and pressures of commercial deadlines and influences. These paintings afforded the peaceful distraction that he craved, and through this work, the tenets of surrealism--surprise and juxtaposition--energized his sensibilities. This volume exuberantly juxtaposes Geisel's 'Midnight Paintings' with his best-loved children's books because this was how Dr. Seuss constructed his creative life--his days devoted to literature for children, his nights to letting his mind and palette wander to even stranger shores. Inevitably, Geisel created images in his private artworks that would find their way into his literary projects. Though he fiercely protected his 'Secret Art' from criticism during his lifetime, his intention all along was for these works to be seen when he was gone"--From publisher's description
Contents As early as it gets. Dr. Seuss and his midnight paintings ; Theodore Roosevelt -- Very early. Dartmouth ; Paris ; Advertising and editorial work -- Pretty early. The Murphy calendar company ; And to think that I saw it on Mulberry street ; The rape of the sabine woman & the seven Lady Godivas ; Collection of unorthodox taxidermy -- Still early. Horton ; Secrets of the deep ; Marine muggs ; The sad, sad story of the obsks -- Less early. The war years -- No longer early. The postwar years ; McElligot's pool ; Children want to be entertained -- Later. La Jolla birdwomen -- A little later. The cat behind the hat ; How Orlo got his book ; The grinch -- Even later. Happy birthday to you! -- Somewhat later still. Green eggs and ham ; Boids and beasties -- Significantly later. Seussian abstraction -- As late as it gets. Oh, the places you'll go!
Subject Seuss, Dr
Seuss, Dr. -- Exhibitions
Illustration of books -- United States -- 20th century -- Exhibitions
Art, American -- 20th century -- Exhibitions
Authors, American -- 20th century -- Biography
Illustrators -- United States -- Biography
Alt Author Smith, Caroline M
Dreyer, William W
Reagan, Michael
Chase, Robert, Jr
Alt Title Doctor Seuss, the cat behind the hat
Cat behind the hat
Spine Title Art of Dr. Seuss
ISBN 9781449432607 (hc.)
1449432603 (hc.)

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