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High school was much better for Ted, but he wasn't studious, doodled instead of taking notes, and skipped class to go to the movies. He was voted Class Artist and Class Wit. One teacher encouraged him, encouraging him to apply to his old school, Dartmouth College in nearby New Hampshire. Ted got in to Dartmouth and many were surprised.
In college he was admired for his silliness. He got in trouble for partying and was asked to resign as the editor of the ¨Jack-o-lantern¨ but he continued writing under a different name, he experimented and finally decided on using his mother's maiden name, Seuss. He was voted ¨Most Likely to Succeed¨.
He applied, after graduating, for a prestigious grant to study English Literature at Oxford University in England. He did not get the grant but his parents were already bragging about it, so they came up with the money to send their son to England. Ted didn't stay long, he was still distracted during class doodling and making up short stories, so he left.
He moved back to Fairfield, began writing to NY magazines and newspapers. In July, he got an acceptance letter offering him $25 for a cartoon of two American tourists riding camels in The Saturday Evening Post.Magazines and newspapers noticed him and began asking for his work.
He chose to sign his latest work ¨Dr. Theophrastus Seuss¨ or ¨Dr. Seuss¨. He moved to New York City, in an apartment in Greenwich Village when he was 22. He married Helen Palmer when he was 23, she was his biggest supporter. He took small jobs, like drawing bugs for insect repellent, Flit, writing an alphabet book rejected by every publisher.
He was travelling home from Europe on a ship and he was mesmerized by the rhythm of the ship's engines, the phrase ¨To think that I saw it on Mulberry Street¨ popped into his head. Published in 1937 when he was 33. This book made little money but the reviews were really good.
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