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The definitive, fascinating, all-reaching biography of Dr. Seuss

Dr. Seuss is a classic American icon. His work has defined our childhoods and the childhoods of our own children. More than twenty-five years after his death, his books continue to find new readers, now grossing over half a billion dollars in sales. His whimsical illustrations and silly, simple rhymes are timeless favorites because, quite simply, he makes us laugh.

Theodor Geisel, however, led a life that goes much deeper than the prolific and beloved children's book author. In fact, the allure and fascination of Dr. Seuss begins with this second, more radical side. He had a successful career as a political cartoonist, and his political leanings can be felt throughout his books--remember the environmentalist of The Lorax? Geisel was a complicated man, who introduced generations to the wonders of reading while teaching young people about empathy and how to treat others well.

Coming right off the heels of multiple books-of-the-month- and year-winner GEORGE LUCAS and the bestselling JIM HENSON, Brian is quickly developing a reputation as a master biographer of the creative geniuses of our time.

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Brian Jay Jones

New York Times bestselling biographer Brian Jay Jones is the author of George Lucas: A Life (Little, Brown, 2016) , one of Kirkus's "Best Books of 2016," and hailed as a sweeping, perceptive, definitive biography of the filmmaking force behind the Star Wars and Indiana Jones movie franchises.

Brian's previous book, Jim Henson: The Biography (Ballantine, 2013) was a New York Times bestseller, and chosen as the Best Biography of 2013 by , as well as one of the year's Top Ten books by CNN viewers. The first full-length biography of the iconic creator of the Muppets, Jim Henson: The Biography was celebrated as "illuminating" (The Atlantic) , "insightful" (Parade) , "masterful" (Kirkus) and "compulsively readable" (The AV Club) .

Praised by the Washington Post as a biographer of "slightly off-center American geniuses," Brian's first book, Washington Irving (Arcade, 2008) , was hailed as the definitive biography of American literature's first popular author and pop culture icon. The Associated Press deemed it "authoritative," the Washington Post called it, "engaging, clearly written, and well researched," while the New York Times summed it up simply as "charming." Which pretty much made his year.

Born in the Midwest and raised in the Southwest, Brian has a degree in English from the University of New Mexico, which he immediately parlayed into a brief career as a manager of a comic book store before getting into politics and writing. He spent more than two decades as a public policy analyst and speechwriter for elected officials at all levels of government, including nearly ten years in the U.S. Senate.

He lives with his wife in Virginia, where he is the Associate Director of the Great Lives Lecture Series. He is presently at work on a biography of Dr. Seuss.

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