First edition, first state of the read-aloud tour de force.
Fine in near-fine jacket.
"He would stare at his typewritten pages over and over again, reading them aloud to check the scansion, crossing out words or syllables that disrupted the rhyme. Then he would pace the floor for a while, scanning his word list, and suddenly bang away furiously on his typewriter, rewriting the entire page again." – Brian Jay Jones
Seuss's knockout success with limited-vocabulary stories for beginning readers, especially CAT IN THE HAT, led his publisher Bennett Cerf to offer a wager: 50 dollars that Seuss couldn't create a children's book using only 50 words. Composing GREEN EGGS AND HAM was a trial that went far beyond Cerf's fifty-dollar bet. According to biographer Brian Jay Jones, Seuss "would rise to meet Cerf's challenge – and it was probably not entirely a coincidence that the central plot point of the resulting book was all about convincing someone to do something he didn't really want to do." The outcome was the best-selling Dr. Seuss book of all time. This is a great copy, directly from the stock of Aleph-Bet Books, the firm of Seuss bibliographers Helen Younger and Marc Younger.
Read more: Younger, Younger, & Hirsch, First Editions of Dr. Seuss Books: A Guide to Identification 27; Jones, Becoming Dr. Seuss.
New York: Random House, 1960. 9'' x 6.25''. Original orange glazed pictorial boards. In original unclipped (195/195) dust jacket. With "50 Word Vocabulary" statement applied as a sticker. 62 pages. Jacket with carefully mended short closed tears, a bit of rubbing and very light soiling, otherwise beautiful.
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