Ever wonder where Dr. Seuss came up with the little town of Whoville? Why Yertle is such an important turtle? Or dwell upon the social injustices of the Sneetches? Many would be surprised to learn that Dr. Seuss began developing the themes found in his children's books by drawing editorial cartoons for a liberal newspaper during the outbreak of World War II. The work produced for New York-based PM magazine hit hard and pulled no punches, but carried the unmistakable creative style of the later Pulitzer prize-winning children's author. By choosing to place his statements in these cartoons, Dr. Seuss created a message that was so accessible, many reached Americans who couldn’t read or speak English. Join as we look at the cartoons that inspired the man who would later inspire generations.
Jacob Fanesi Miller is an Honors Fellow at the University of Northern Kentucky pursuing his undergraduate diploma in Literature. Jacob has been a long-time lover of Dr. Seuss' works, even to his current age, which is 23. His favorite Dr. Seuss book is and always will be Green Eggs and Ham, preferably on a train but not in the rain.