Theodor Seuss Geisel was an American writer and illustrator best known for authoring popular children’s books under the pen name Dr. Seuss.
Geisel’s wife Helen Palmer Geisel had a long struggle with illnesses, including cancer and emotional pain over her husband’s affair with Audrey Stone Dimond. On October 23, 1967, she committed suicide. Geisel married Dimond on June 21, 1968. Geisel had no children of his own, though he devoted most of his life to writing children’s books.
He would say when asked about this, “You have ’em; I’ll entertain ’em.” His work includes several of the most popular children’s books of all time, selling over 600 million copies and being translated into more than 20 languages by the time of his death.