The 108th birthday of Dr. Seuss was marked on 2nd March this year, and we were slightly surprised to discover that among his infamously remarkable children’s books he had at one point written an adult themed story containing nudity.
The Atlantic Magazine website has an entry complete with direct illustrations of his 1939 book ‘The Seven Lady Godivas: The True Facts Concerning History’s Barest Family’. It follows the story of seven nudist sisters who vow not to get married until they have each brought a truth about the benefits of horse to mankind.
Based on the 11th-century legend of Lady Godiva, which is also where the Peeping Tom reference comes from, the book was a complete flop, selling 2,500 copies out of 10,000 printed in the first batch.
It would appear that Dr Seuss was simply wired to write for children, so we won’t let it take away from his undeniable genius. That’s not to say there’s no chance of Hollywood snapping up the rights to a new movie blockbuster, though…