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clint-ruin
02-21-2004, 02:09 AM
By Richard H. Minear, ISBN 1-56584-704-0

Gigantic collection of Dr. Seuss's wartime cartoons done for New Yorks daily PM newspaper. 200+ incredibly elaborate yet small drawings, with very sharply focussed editorial content, and a great history of the portrayal of the war from PM. Suess himself had to follow quite an interesting juggling act - as a left winger but anticomminist, trying to portray Stalins Russia as an ally, or his harsh criticism of business owners refusing to hire 'colored labor' while simultaneously drawing slant-eyed caricatures of the japanese. It's not judged as either being good or bad, it's just presented.

Richard Minears history of the political attitudes and events of the time are for the most part quite astute and informative. Also serves as a nice history of the origins of some of Seuss' characters; Yertle the Turtle as Adolf Hitler being one of the more amusing transformations. Minears also covers Suess work with Frank Capra in film, and his work for the US Armys propaganda corps.

If I had a scanner working at the moment I'd post some, unfortunately, amazon.com's page samples only include a few tiny lower-quality cartoons placed as examples in Minears first-chapter biography of Seuss.

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/156584565X/qid=1077353924//ref=sr_8_xs_ap_i1_xgl14/103-1485374-2964611?v=glance&s=books&n=507846

Definitely worth a look.

http://home.iprimus.com.au/djgwen/fb/leninkoba.jpg

clint-ruin
02-21-2004, 02:09 AM
By Richard H. Minear, ISBN 1-56584-704-0

Gigantic collection of Dr. Seuss's wartime cartoons done for New Yorks daily PM newspaper. 200+ incredibly elaborate yet small drawings, with very sharply focussed editorial content, and a great history of the portrayal of the war from PM. Suess himself had to follow quite an interesting juggling act - as a left winger but anticomminist, trying to portray Stalins Russia as an ally, or his harsh criticism of business owners refusing to hire 'colored labor' while simultaneously drawing slant-eyed caricatures of the japanese. It's not judged as either being good or bad, it's just presented.

Richard Minears history of the political attitudes and events of the time are for the most part quite astute and informative. Also serves as a nice history of the origins of some of Seuss' characters; Yertle the Turtle as Adolf Hitler being one of the more amusing transformations. Minears also covers Suess work with Frank Capra in film, and his work for the US Armys propaganda corps.

If I had a scanner working at the moment I'd post some, unfortunately, amazon.com's page samples only include a few tiny lower-quality cartoons placed as examples in Minears first-chapter biography of Seuss.

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/156584565X/qid=1077353924//ref=sr_8_xs_ap_i1_xgl14/103-1485374-2964611?v=glance&s=books&n=507846

Definitely worth a look.

http://home.iprimus.com.au/djgwen/fb/leninkoba.jpg