Shortly after publishing the ground-breaking THE CAT IN THE HAT in 1957, Ted Geisle set about writing a Dickensian story to protest the commercialization of Christmas.
Despite his wife Helen (also his long time editor) claiming that his first drawings of Papa Who made him look like a bug and his struggles with the conclusion, “I got hung up getting the Grinch out of the mess. I got into a situation where I sounded like a second-rate preacher…,” Ted Geisle felt that HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS was the easiest book of his career.
Everyone at Random House expected THE GRINCH to be Dr. Seuss’s second blockbuster of 1957. The numbers didn’t disappoint with a first print run of 50,000 copies and immediate critical acclaim. After a career of two decades, THE CAT IN THE HAT in tandem with HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS established Dr. Seuss as one of the most important children’s writers of the 20th century.