Early Dr. Seuss Book Shows Women That Are Proud of Their Bodies

This isn’t your children’s Dr. Seuss!

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This isn’t your children’s Dr. Seuss! In 1939, Dr. Seuss published a book for adults called The Seven Lady Godivas for Random House and it wasn’t a hit. This long-forgotten picture book didn’t feature just one aggressively nude Lady Godiva, but seven Godiva sisters and the pictures are as bawdy as the times would allow. According to Seuss, “I attempted to draw the sexiest babes I could, but they came out looking absurd.” In the book, these seven voluptuous women vow not to marry until completing their individual quests for “horse truths,” which turn out to be well-known sayings involving horses.

Was Seuss’s ahead-of-his-time acceptance the reason why the book failed? Or was it the plain fact that the book had a convoluted premise based on horse sayings? Well, according to Seuss, he was over writing for adults anyway. “Adults are obsolete children, and the hell with them.”

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