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Monday, December 12, 2005

Bowdoin's Resident Seussian

Bowdoin College's director of Special Collections and Archives, Richard H. F. Lindemann, has become a leading expert on Theodor Seuss Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss.

Lindemann's Dr. Seuss Catalog: An Annotated Guide to Works by Theodor Geisel in All Media, Writings About Him, and Appearances of Characters and Places in the Books, Stories and Films is an annotated guide to Geisel's corpus, which included "75 books, more than 100 magazine stories, screenplays, tapes, and a musical."
He spent four years poring over Geisel's books, drawings and articles. "I read everything," he says. His research took him to Dartmouth College - Geisel's alma mater - and also to nearby La Jolla, where Geisel's widow, Audrey, "lives up on a high bluff."

"She runs her corporation - Dr. Seuss Enterprises - out of her house," notes Lindemann. "It's a gorgeous place with lots of Seuss art in it. They've insinuated Seuss characters into their furniture as well," he adds, "it's actually quite subtle, which makes it delicious." [Link]
The Catalog also includes a sort of a field guide to the Seussian world, with descriptions of "nearly 900 invented creatures, places, and things contained in his books."

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