First edition of this spellbinding read-aloud masterpiece, in second-state dust jacket.
Very good plus in very good plus jacket.
GREEN EGGS AND HAM
"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.
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) color pictorial dust jacket. "50 Word Vocabulary" printed on jacket, not a sticker. Color pictorial endpapers, and illustrated in color throughout. 62 pages. A couple bumps to boards, one faintly affecting text at upper corner. Jacket with a closed tear to rear panel and some light wear to spine ends: shows very well.
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