Monday, April 11, 2011

Lost Stories by Dr. Seuss to Be Published in September

According to AOL news:

Fans of iconic children's author Theodor Seuss Geisel, otherwise known as Dr. Seuss, have reason to celebrate. In September, Random House will release "The Bippolo Seed and Other Lost Stories," a collection of seven virtually unknown stories that the author wrote in the 1950s.

Random House says the new Seuss stories are the "literary equivalent of buried treasure," and how they were unearthed is in and of itself an interesting tale.

Ten years ago, Dr. Seuss' art director Cathy Goldsmith was on eBay when she came across some tear sheets from 1950s magazines. The tear sheets contained stories that the seller claimed to be by the late Dr. Seuss.

Goldsmith purchased the tear sheets from the seller, Dr. Charles Cohen, a Massachusetts dentist whom she quickly learned possessed an encyclopedic knowledge of Dr. Seuss -- and had a collection of Seuss memorabilia to match.

Goldsmith, along with Random House vice president and publisher Kate Klimo, paid a visit to Cohen's home shortly after the purchase.

"His house was literally bursting at the seams with Seussania: plush, toys, beer trays, puzzles and a wide range of ephemera," Klimo told The Guardian. "Not only that, Dr. Cohen was a fount of Seuss information, history and theories about Ted's artistic process."

Klimo immediately contracted Cohen to write a book about the author. Published in 2003, Cohen's book, "The Seuss, the Whole Seuss and Nothing but the Seuss," is a comprehensive look at Seuss' career as a children's author and illustrator.

"But through it all," Klimo says, "Charles always wanted to compile the Seuss stories he had found in various magazines."

When "The Bippolo Seed and Other Lost Stories" comes out in September, 10 years after Goldsmith discovered the magazine tear sheets on eBay, Cohen will finally get his wish.

"In these stories, we'll meet new characters," Susan Brandt, president of Dr. Seuss Enterprises in LaJolla, Calif., told Fox News. "So you're going to meet the twins Todd and Tadd, you'll meet Gustav the Goldfish and a small boy name Henry McBride, as well as the other characters Dr. Seuss is known for."

The new book will include an introduction by Cohen, which will explain the significance of the stories in Dr. Seuss' career. They were written in the 1950s, a time that many consider Seuss' most productive creative period -- when he wrote both "The Cat in the Hat" and "The Grinch."

"The stories are as good as anything in the already-published canon," Klimo says. "And readers of all ages are in for a treat."

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