Theodor Seuss Geisel was in love with writing and illustrating for most of his life. During his studies at Dartmouth College and the University of Oxford, he adopted the pen name we all love and hold so dear to our hearts – Dr. Seuss.
Starting out, he drew political cartoons for a newspaper based in New York and also created some short films for the United States Army. Once World War II was over, he focused mainly on children’s books. He wrote And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street which is where all those familiar rhyming lines began. It also was rejected a whole 27 times.
We may have never heard of Dr. Seuss if a friend of his, an editor at a publishing house, hadn’t bumped into him on the street as he was walking back from reading yet another rejection letter. His friend pushed the book through production and it received rave reviews and the rest is history as we know it. Sometimes, you need a little help from your contacts to survive rejection and find success!