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Dr. Seuss's Little-Known Book of Nudes [NOT an April Fool's Day joke!]
The Atlantic ^ | 3/2/12 | Maria Popova

Posted on 04/01/2012 7:20:13 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows

One hundred eight years ago today, the world welcomed Theodor Seuss Geisel, better-known as Dr. Seusslegendary children's book author, radical ideologist, lover of reading. Among his many creative feats is a fairly unknown, fairly scandalous one: In 1939, when Geisel left Vanguard for Random House, he had one condition for his new publisher, Bennett Cerf—that he would let Geisel do an "adult" book first. The result was The Seven Lady Godivas: The True Facts Concerning History's Barest Family, which tells the story of nudist sisters who, after their father's death, pledge not to wed until each of them has "brought to the light of the world some new and worthy Horse Truth, of benefit to man."

(Excerpt) Read more at theatlantic.com ...


TOPICS: Books/Literature; History; Humor; Weird Stuff
KEYWORDS: napl
Illustrations at source - NOT pornography!
1 posted on 04/01/2012 7:20:23 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows
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To: Slings and Arrows; MeekOneGOP; Conspiracy Guy; DocRock; King Prout; Darksheare; OSHA; ...
Would you do it with a fox?
Would you do it wearing socks?
Would you do it with a goose?
Would you do it with a moose?


2 posted on 04/01/2012 7:22:56 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

I’ll never look at green eggs and ham the same way again!


3 posted on 04/01/2012 7:23:44 PM PDT by JaguarXKE
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To: JaguarXKE

Does that mean you DO like green eggs and ham?


4 posted on 04/01/2012 7:25:42 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

With a book titled “Gerald McBoing Boing”? Hmmm...maybe we should have known...


5 posted on 04/01/2012 7:39:55 PM PDT by Fightin Whitey
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To: Slings and Arrows

I know I’ve seen it somewhere. Is it a collector’s item, I wonder?


6 posted on 04/01/2012 7:49:19 PM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: Slings and Arrows

Is Regina Fipple in there?
Olivia Boliver Butt?


7 posted on 04/01/2012 7:57:02 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: Cicero
I know I’ve seen it somewhere. Is it a collector’s item, I wonder?

Probably Universal Studios. They have collections of his nude drawings for sale. It's not like this was some big secret.

8 posted on 04/01/2012 8:07:39 PM PDT by Oshkalaboomboom
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To: Slings and Arrows
Interesting quote at the end:

The book, however, was a complete flop. Ten thousand copies were printed on the first run, and only about 2,500 were sold. The Seven Lady Godivas eventually went out of print, causing Geisel to later say:

"I attempted to draw the sexiest babes I could, but they came out looking absurd."

Absurd as they might be, and oddly unerotic despite the nudity, the illustrations are a treat, perhaps in that so-bad-it's-good kind of way, or perhaps because they offer endearing reassurance that even genius can falter.

9 posted on 04/01/2012 8:18:33 PM PDT by Ramius (Personally, I give us one chance in three. More tea anyone?)
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To: Cicero

My mother has my grandfather’s copy. It’s cute, the mildest naughtiness. And in the same drawing style he used for his children’s books.


10 posted on 04/01/2012 8:20:31 PM PDT by heartwood
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To: Ramius

I thought he was trying to be funny with the artwork. Ouch.


11 posted on 04/01/2012 8:23:34 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

Heh... Roger that.


12 posted on 04/01/2012 8:25:20 PM PDT by Ramius (Personally, I give us one chance in three. More tea anyone?)
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To: Slings and Arrows

13 posted on 04/01/2012 8:29:09 PM PDT by Paleo Conservative
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To: Slings and Arrows
Careful.......watch o-u-u-u-u-u-u-u-u-u-u-u-u-u-u-u-u-u-u-u-t-t-t-t-t-t-t-t-t-t-t-t-t-t-t-t-t-t-t!!!!


14 posted on 04/01/2012 8:41:29 PM PDT by Daffynition (Our forefathers would be shooting by now.)
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To: mylife
Is Regina Fipple in there? Olivia Boliver Butt?

Hey, that's my sister you're talking about!

15 posted on 04/01/2012 8:42:07 PM PDT by Oliver Boliver Butt
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To: Oliver Boliver Butt

Great screen name!


16 posted on 04/01/2012 8:52:43 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: Slings and Arrows
Guilty, guilty, guilty, guilty, guilty, guilty, guilty!

Cheers!

17 posted on 04/01/2012 8:53:40 PM PDT by grey_whiskers (The opinions are solely those of the author and are subject to change without notice.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

Doesn’t surprise me the guy is a pervert, he liked children after all.


18 posted on 04/01/2012 9:03:45 PM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: Slings and Arrows
Dr. Seuss's Little-Known Book of Nudes [NOT an April Fool's Day joke!]

They'll spin their trumtookas. They'll slam their slooslunkas.
They'll beat their blumbloopas. They'll wham their whowonkas.

19 posted on 04/01/2012 9:06:24 PM PDT by KarlInOhio (You only have three billion heartbeats in a lifetime.How many does the government claim as its own?)
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To: heartwood

It’s worth quite a bit of money. The cheapest amazon copy is selling for about $119 dollars.

I’ve seen it before, think it’s sort of cute.

BTW, according to the amazon pictures, the 7 Lady Godivas are

Gertrude
Mitzi
Arabella
Dorcas
Hedwig
Teenie
Gussie
and Lulu.


20 posted on 04/01/2012 9:14:32 PM PDT by I still care (I miss my friends, bagels, and the NYC skyline - but not the taxes. I love the South.)
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To: Paleo Conservative

21 posted on 04/01/2012 9:18:02 PM PDT by I still care (I miss my friends, bagels, and the NYC skyline - but not the taxes. I love the South.)
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To: I still care

“Hedwig”?

Was the angry inch in there, too?


22 posted on 04/01/2012 9:18:41 PM PDT by Salamander (You don't know what's going on inside of me. You don't wanna know what's running through my mind.)
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To: GeronL
Doesn’t surprise me the guy is a pervert, he liked children after all.

"Pervert"? Because he admired the female form? Most conservatives consider that normal for the male of the species. Doesn't make him a pervert by any stretch.

23 posted on 04/01/2012 9:35:13 PM PDT by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: heartwood

“And in the same drawing style he used for his children’s books.”

Oh dear.

You don’t want that, you want the Vargas girls. Those gals got it going on!


24 posted on 04/01/2012 9:41:06 PM PDT by jocon307
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To: Daffynition

Occupational hazard.


25 posted on 04/01/2012 9:49:16 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Oliver Boliver Butt; mylife

You, sir, win one Internets.


26 posted on 04/01/2012 9:50:16 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: grey_whiskers

My client pleads Temporary Inanity.


27 posted on 04/01/2012 9:51:07 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: KarlInOhio
They'll spin their trumtookas. They'll slam their slooslunkas. They'll beat their blumbloopas. They'll wham their whowonkas

"Good times, good times."

28 posted on 04/01/2012 9:53:57 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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Thanks Thanks Slings and Arrows.

Colin Mochrie

29 posted on 04/01/2012 9:55:10 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (FReepathon 2Q time -- https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: Slings and Arrows

I have two copies. It’s cute. Not offensive. The kids were allowed to read it when they were little. Didn’t harm them in any way.

Not Dr. Suess’s best. Not his worst.


30 posted on 04/01/2012 10:00:07 PM PDT by mountainbunny (Seamus Sez: "Good dogs don't let their masters vote for Mitt!")
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To: mountainbunny

They may be worth a bit of money. You might want to investigate.


31 posted on 04/01/2012 10:05:19 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Daffynition

“Nude tripping and falling down a staircase.”


32 posted on 04/02/2012 1:33:17 AM PDT by Erasmus (BHO: New supreme leader of the homey rollin' empire.)
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To: mylife
My dad let me read some rather colorful writers work when I was about 13 or so. Most Freepers have seen The Christmas Story few I bet have read it. LOL Jean Shepherd wrote adult stories and Christmas Story and Ollie Hopnoodles Haven of Bliss movies were adapted to family TV. The written versions are priceless and more in character with what a person would expect in the venue. The old man in the written versions was a riot. Shel Silverstein was another good one who could write either for adults or kids.
33 posted on 04/02/2012 2:31:40 AM PDT by cva66snipe (Two Choices left for U.S. One Nation Under GOD or One Nation Under Judgment? Which one say ye?)
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To: Slings and Arrows
Dr. Seuss's Little-Known Book of Nudes [NOT an April Fool's Day joke!]

I saw these at the Dr. Seuss exhibit. They were pretty much nothing compared to some of his other stuff. As far as the subject matter goes, it was less than PG.
34 posted on 04/02/2012 2:40:55 AM PDT by aruanan
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To: Daffynition

Is that a take off on Nude Descending a Staircase?


35 posted on 04/02/2012 2:42:45 AM PDT by aruanan
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To: Slings and Arrows

“Even genius can falter.”


36 posted on 04/02/2012 2:44:04 AM PDT by TheOldLady (FReepmail me to get ON or OFF the ZOT LIGHTNING ping list)
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To: aruanan
Yes! :)


37 posted on 04/02/2012 3:32:23 AM PDT by Daffynition (Our forefathers would be shooting by now.)
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To: TheOldLady
Every Sean Connery has his Zardoz.
38 posted on 04/02/2012 5:53:52 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Daffynition

That version of descending a staircase is hilarious! Years ago Looney Tunes artist Chuck Jones did portraits of famous impressionist paintings with cartoon characters — look up his Nude Duck Descending a Staircase with Daffy. (I bought his Vincent Van Coyote instead).


39 posted on 04/02/2012 6:31:59 AM PDT by Moonmad27 ("I'm not bad, I'm just drawn that way." Jessica Rabbit)
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To: Slings and Arrows
I love Zardoz.

The music, the acting, the story, and the cinematography are woven into a tapestry of perfection with internal consistency.

It is a lovely movie in every way.

Criticizing Connery for acting (beautifully) in a "loin cloth" was petty, and it appealed more to giggling idiots and children than to anyone who could intelligently critique the movie.

Get your thumb off my last nerve!   ;-P
40 posted on 04/02/2012 7:21:48 AM PDT by TheOldLady (FReepmail me to get ON or OFF the ZOT LIGHTNING ping list)
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To: TheOldLady
No movie shall ever exceed the masterpiece that was Space Mutiny.
41 posted on 04/02/2012 8:25:59 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Slings and Arrows
Dammit Slings! You got me, ROFL!

You win again, and you're mean for beating up on an old lady! I like John Phillip Law, RIP, too.
42 posted on 04/02/2012 9:28:52 AM PDT by TheOldLady (FReepmail me to get ON or OFF the ZOT LIGHTNING ping list)
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To: TheOldLady

He was obviously having fun in that one - you could see the tooth marks on the scenery.


43 posted on 04/02/2012 9:32:40 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Slings and Arrows
Actually, Hubby and I enjoy a good stinkeroo, as I believe I've told you before. We rate the so-bad-it's-great movies highly. They're so much fun.

Zombie Strippers springs to mind.

We haven't seen Space Mutiny for a loooong time, so I put it in Hubby's Netflix queue. It has some 5-star reviews there, LOL! We do love a good laugh.
44 posted on 04/02/2012 9:40:16 AM PDT by TheOldLady (FReepmail me to get ON or OFF the ZOT LIGHTNING ping list)
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To: TheOldLady

If you have not seen the MST3K version, I highly recommend it.


45 posted on 04/02/2012 9:47:44 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Slings and Arrows
The MST 3000 version is available on Netflix as well. Perhaps I'll switch them after I ask Hubby this evening which one he'd prefer.

LOL! We may be watching it this Friday night.

WYWH.
46 posted on 04/02/2012 10:06:20 AM PDT by TheOldLady (FReepmail me to get ON or OFF the ZOT LIGHTNING ping list)
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To: TheOldLady

Nothing would please me more than sharing your pain.

Say hello to Big McLargeHuge for me.


47 posted on 04/02/2012 12:55:27 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Slings and Arrows
If you're referring to Hubby, who is six inches taller and 80 pounds heavier than you are, I'd be happy to say hi to him for you.   ;-)
48 posted on 04/02/2012 1:45:48 PM PDT by TheOldLady (FReepmail me to get ON or OFF the ZOT LIGHTNING ping list)
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To: TheOldLady
It was a Space Mutiny reference. If you watch the MST3K version you'll get it. If not...you'll still probably get it.
49 posted on 04/02/2012 1:48:34 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Slings and Arrows
Vague memories are resurfacing. I'll be waving at the screen for you when I see him. "Slings and Arrows [your real name will actually be used] says, 'Hello!'" 
50 posted on 04/02/2012 2:19:38 PM PDT by TheOldLady (FReepmail me to get ON or OFF the ZOT LIGHTNING ping list)
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