Dr. Theodore Geisel aka Dr. Seuss
Originally born in Springfield Massachusetts, Dr. Seuss became a La Jolla resident in his mid 20’s. He started his career as a political cartoonist during WWII and was not interested in children's literature until he entered a competition to write a rhyming children’s book under 150 words.
His stories are inspired about local La Jolla events. Due to the success of “Cat in the Hat”, Dr. Suess dedicated his work to highlighting environmental concerns and helping children in their thought and reasoning through these stories. As a resident of La Jolla, there was a stigma of the neighborhood of Pacific Beach as unruly college students causing mayhem. He spent time with the students in Pacific Beach, and was surprised to find that they also cared for the environment as much as he did.
Geisel Library at the University of California, San Diego was made possible by the large donation from the Geisel family. The library displays many of the rare art by Theodore Geisel and his other contributions to literature. The original Lorax Tree that inspired his writings is the lone Monterey Cypress Tree located in Scripps Park, La Jolla. You can also see the unique palms in the park that we see depicted in the artwork in his books.