Ted's biography, Dr. Seuss and Mr. Geisel, recounts a letter exchange between him and two disgruntled fans. "After The Grinch appeared on televisions, two brothers, David and Bob Grinch, wrote from Ridgewood, New Jersey, to say they were tired of being the bad guys and wanted him to change the name of The Grinch. 'I disagree with your friends who harass you,' Ted wrote. 'Can't they understand that The Grinch in my story is the Hero of Christmas? Sure... he starts out as a villain, but it's not how you start out that counts. It's what you are at the finish.'"
The full story of The Grinch was published in a December 1957 magazine article:
"I was brushing my teeth on the morning of the 26th of December when I noted a very Grinch-ish countenance in the mirror. It was Seuss! So I wrote the story about my sour friend, The Grinch, to see if I could rediscover something about Christmas that obviously, I'd lost."
In 1971, How The Grinch Stole Christmas! won a Peabody award in combination with an animated version of Horton Hears a Who! This beloved 26-minute Christmas classic debuted nearly 50 years ago, yet is so compelling it was ranked No. 1 by TV Guide on its 10 Best Family Holiday Specials list.
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