Listen to part of a lecture in a children’s literature class.
Today we’ll start looking at the most important children’s book authors of the twentieth century.
And I’d like to start with an author illustrator whom some of you probably grew up reading: Dr. Seuss.
His actual name was Theodor Seuss Geisel, Geisel’s work was hugely popular among beginning readers and their parents,
他的本名叫做Theodor Seuss Geisel，Geisel的作品在初级读者和他们的父母中超级受欢迎，
but it wasn’t always considered literature or subjected to serious academic inquiry until relatively recently.
In fact, not only weren’t his books considered literature, but they weren’t always considered good school books.
In the late 1950s and even through the 60s, US teachers resisted Seuss’s books
because they perceived them as having a comic book style...fun, maybe, but not...not appropriate for the classroom.
None of Geisel’s books individually won him a Pulitzer Prize. And he didn’t receive any top children’s literary awards either.
Although the Pulitzer Prize Committee did give him a citation in 1984 for his...uh...
special contribution over nearly half a century to the education and enjoyment of America’s children and their parents.
But again, that wasn’t until 1984.