New Dr. Seuss Book Featuring 7 Rarely Seen Stories to Publish This Fall
According to the newspaper, Theodor Seuss Geisel's former art director Cathy Goldsmith spotted magazine tear sheets on eBay, purported to be stories by the author.
She bought the stories, and discovered the seller, Springfield, Mass., dentist Charles Cohen, was a huge collector of "Seussiana" and an avid Seuss scholar.
Random House signed Cohen on to author the collection, the Guardian reports.
"His house was literally bursting at the seams with Seussiana: plush, toys, beer trays, puzzles and a wide range of ephemera," Random House vice president and publisher Kate Klimo tells the newspaper. "Not only that, Dr. Cohen was a fount of Seuss information, history and theories about Ted's artistic process."
Klimo tells the Guardian Cohen was quickly contracted to write what would become "The Seuss, The Whole Seuss and Nothing But the Seuss." Published in 2003, it was a nearly encyclopedic look at the author's career.
"But through it all, Charles always wanted to compile the stories he had found in various magazines," she adds.
Now, 10 years later, "The Bippolo Seed," described to the Guardian as "the literary equivalent of buried treasure," is set to be published in September.
"These stories were published during what could arguably be called Dr. Seuss's most fertile creative period," Klimo tells the newspaper, "a time when his theories about how to reach children through rhyme, rhythm and a resonant combination of nonsense and sagacity were coming into full bloom."
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