Autograph Letter Signed on personalized "Dr. Seuss," blue stationery, 4to, address printed as "The Tower, La Jolla, California," n.d. ca 1970-71
by SEUSS, DR. [THEODOR GEISEL]
What do Dr. Seuss and LBJ have to do with each other? Curiously, the artwork and manuscript material for "The Lorax" reside at the Lyndon Johnson Presidential Library in Austin, Texas. In this letter Seuss mentions how it got there. According to various versions of this story, Seuss met Ladybird Johnson's press secretary at a dinner party. The secretary suggested that the book's pro-environment message could aid Ladybird Johnson's campaign to clean up the environment. Seuss states in this letter that Pres. Johnson requested the art work and manuscript for "The Lorax." He inserts and circles his words, "at his [Pres. Johnson's] request." "The Lorax" was first published in 1971, and here Seuss describes his book here as "forthcoming." In his typical print style handwriting referring to a "N.Y. Times" story about a Lyndon Johnson party, the author explains his, "mystifying presence at this shindig, I'm enclosing a copy of The Lorax...(my forthcoming book for kids about Ecological Problems)...the original drawings of which now reside at his [LBJ] request in his [LBJ] library....." "The Lorax" connected Seuss to the Johnsons. The letter continues. "I'm now engaged in expanding it ["The Lorax] into a T. V. Special for C.B.S. for adult audience as well as kids...." He signs, "Ted." The book is not included. The animated musical based on Geisel's "The Lorax" aired on CBS on Feb. 14, 1972. Forty years later, the story formed the basis for the 2012 film, "Dr. Seuss' The Lorax." He signs simply, "Ted.". (Inventory #: 2530)
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