FROM AN OLD SAYING...
While working with his biographers, Dr. Seuss reminisced about the verbal exchange between friends that accompanied their Dartmouth handshake: “When I went to college, it was a campy thing to say, ‘Oh, the places you’ll go! The people you’ll meet!’” That Roaring Twenties handshake, and the words that defined it, sent Ted on his way to a robust and rewarding career.
In 1990, he chose these same words as the title for his parting book, a volume of empowerment and inspiration that reminds readers of life’s realities — you’ll have slumps and bumps, bang-ups and hang-ups, you’ll be left in a lurch, and un-slumping yourself is not easily done.
Ted Geisel’s final published lines furnish the hope and encouragement to carry on.
“And will you succeed?
Yes! You will, indeed!
(98 and 3/4 percent guaranteed.)
Kid, you’ll move mountains!”
...TO A BEST SELLING BOOK
Oh, the Places You’ll Go! is one of the best-selling books ever! Whereas many of Dr. Seuss’s books are cherished by young children, this one has become a modern classic and remains a bestseller for all ages. The weekly New York Times Bestseller List is widely considered the preeminent list of best-selling books in the U.S. Ongoing since April 9, 1942, it currently ranks Oh, the Places You’ll Go! as the # 5 best-selling “adult fiction” book of all time. Over their 70 years of recordkeeping, Dr. Seuss himself holds the distinguished position as The Times’ 17th best-selling author of all time.
...AND A SOLD OUT FINE ART PRINT
Oh, the Places You’ll Go! from the Illustration Art collection has recently sold-out, but is still available in Portfolio V.