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Secrets of the Deep by Caroline M. Smith
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Secrets of the Deep

by Caroline M. Smith

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This is a beautifully produced book which lots of great colour images. It has chunks of biography as well. Though it's by no means a full description of Dr Seuss it does give a flavour of him as a man, as well as as an artist. ( )
  AlisonSakai | Oct 7, 2018 |
Ephemera, Obscura, Trivia, and Treasure from and about the career or Ted Geisel. ( )
  bensdad00 | Jan 10, 2017 |
Fantastic art and details. It is very interesting to read the story behind the Dr. Seuss stories and to learn about his career and art. High quality paper to top it off. ( )
  deldevries | Dec 19, 2016 |
Everyone loves Dr. Seuss, and I am no exception. When I had a chance to read The Cat Behind the Hat, which will be published November 13th, I was incredibly excited. This book, which the publishers describe as "chronological-ish," goes all the way back in Geisel's history, interspersing short blocks of texts with his beautiful illustrations. I know Dr. Seuss's kids books, but that's pretty much it; I didn't know much about him. For instance, Geisel got kicked off Dartmouth's humor magazine by sharing a pint of gin with ten friends during Prohibition. He kept submitting cartoons under different pseudonyms, which later evolved into Theo Seuss 2nd, Dr. Theophrastus Seuss, Dr. Theodophilus Seuss, Ph.D, I.Q., H2SO4. "And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street" was published in 1937, by Dr. Seuss.
     He used to take parts of dead animals and made strange taxidermic pieces of his imaginary creatures. He drew ads and political cartoons, joined the Army in 1942, left cartooning to make war films. When he got back to illustration, he did it all: rough sketches, preliminary drawings, final line drawings, and finished work for every page of the book. He was involved with things every step of the way, not needing an entire agency. "Ted was from an era and a mind-set in which the artist lived or died by his own hand."
     One of my favorite quotes about Geisel's work is from Karla Kuskin, critic and children's author: "His characters have two family characteristics: slightly batty, oval eyes and a smile you might find on the Mona Lisa after her first martini."
     The book is fascinating to read, but more than anything I want to tear out all the illustrations and wallpaper my home with them.

Review with illustrations: www.allisonwrites.com ( )
  howifeelaboutbooks | Nov 4, 2015 |
Delightful big beautiful coffee table book featuring the art of Theodore Geisel from his advertising days through his last "Dr. Seuss" book, with many full color plates of pictures never seen in any of his published works. He was a quirky, imaginative fellow who never had children of his own, but figured out how to reach young minds, even though he claimed to be rather uncomfortable with kids in person. There's a fair bit of biography here, too, but the text really takes a back seat to the art---from his "secret" paintings to his Unorthodox Taxidermy, not leaving out his amazing illustrations for his many children's books, no one did it like Dr. Seuss, and as the author points out, no one has ever attempted to imitate his style. This book was lots of fun. ( )
  laytonwoman3rd | Mar 21, 2013 |
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Caroline M. Smithprimary authorall editionscalculated
Chase Jr., RobertEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Dreyer, William W.Editorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Geisel, AudreyContributorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Geisel, Theodor SeussIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Reagan, Michaelsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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I have said that Ted knew he would leave big footprints after he was gone, but he couldn't possibly have known the astounding impact his legacy would have on the worlds of art, literature, pop, and high culture. (Audrey Geisel)
Ted Geisel (a.k.a. Dr. Seuss) expressed to his wife Audrey that he wished to wait until he was gone before introducing his private artworks to the public. (Preface, William W. Dreyer)
Dr. Seus was a storyteller in the grandest sense of the word. (Introduction, Robert Chase Jr.)
Illustrator by day, surrealist by night, Ted Geisel created a body of irrepressible work during his leisure hours that he called his "Midnight Paintings," which have now become known as "The Secret Art of Dr. Seuss."
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"Originally published as Secrets of the Deep. [Dr. Seuss: the Cat Behind the Hat is the] First Revised Edition." T.p. verso
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"This book was originally published as Secrets of the Deep in connection with The Art of Dr. Seuss, an ongoing series of exhibitions highlighting the artistic talent of Theodor Suess Geisel. This project includes a comprehensive collection of authorized Estate Editions, adapted and reproduced from Ted Geisel's original drawings, paintings, and sculptures. The Art of Dr. Seuss has traveled to galleries, museums, and public spaces. To received notices on gallery exhibitions, new artwork releases, or to find a gallery where you can view and acquire works from The Art of Dr. Seuss, visit: www.Dr.SeussArt.com/signup."
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"Illustrator by day, surrealist by night, Ted Geisel created a body of previously little-known work during his leisure hours that he called his 'Midnight Paintings,' and which is now known as 'The Secret Art of Dr. Seuss.' This irrepressible and soulful collection redefines Ted Geisel as an iconic American artist. For sixty years, his 'Secret Art' allowed Geisel to expand his artistic boundaries without the confines and pressures of commercial deadlines and influences. These paintings afforded the peaceful distraction that he craved, and through this work, the tenets of surrealism--surprise and juxtaposition--energized his sensibilities. This volume exuberantly juxtaposes Geisel's 'Midnight Paintings' with his best-loved children's books because this was how Dr. Seuss constructed his creative life--his days devoted to literature for children, his nights to letting his mind and palette wander to even stranger shores. Inevitably, Geisel created images in his private artworks that would find their way into his literary projects. Though he fiercely protected his 'Secret Art' from criticism during his lifetime, his intention all along was for these works to be seen when he was gone."--from publisher's description… (more)

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