How Old Is Dr. Seuss? Plus, More Fun Facts About the Author

We're answering this burning questions about the famous author, as well as four more, just in time for his birthday.

Every year on March 2, fans of Dr. Seuss celebrate the birthday of the beloved author, who penned more than 60 zany books for children in his lifetime. Since his books are still so widely read by both kids and adults and remain relevant in pop culture, many people are interested in finding out how old the author is. While he passed away in 1991 from cancer, Seuss would be celebrating his 114th birthday in 2018, if he were still alive. Here are the answers to four other common questions from fans.


What was Dr. Seuss’s first book?

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While Dr. Seuss is known for his famous titles, including The Lorax and The Cat in the Hat, his first book for children is far less known. Vanguard Press published Seuss’s first book in 1937, And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street, after other publishers had rejected it more than 20 times. (To buy: $14;


Was Dr. Seuss a doctor?

Dr. Seuss’s full name was Theodor Seuss Geisel, and no, he was not a real doctor. The pen name came from his time working as a magazine cartoonist, where he would sign his work with the faux-scholarly title of “Dr. Theophrastus Seuss,” but later shortened it to Dr. Seuss.


Where was Dr. Seuss born?

Dr. Seuss was born in Springfield, Massachusetts. His parents, the children of German immigrants, pronounced their last name as if it rhymed with “voice,” but the American pronunciation stuck over the years.


Was Dr. Seuss married?

It might surprise readers to know that Dr. Seuss was in fact married twice. His first wife was Helen Geisel, who committed suicide in 1967 after suffering for more than a decade with partial paralysis. He then went on to marry his second wife Audrey Geisel, a longtime close friend who is also believed to have been Seuss’s mistress during his first marriage.