You Will Never Believe Who The Grinch Was Inspired By!

By Rebeka Knott
Theodor Seuss Geisel 1904 -1991, American writer, poet, and cartoonist at work on a drawing of a Grinch, the hero of his forthcoming book, 'How the Grinch Stole Christmas.' (Photo by: Universal History Archive/UIG via Getty Images)

Grinch is a term often used to describe a person as someone who is negative and unpleasant.

Theodor Seuss Geisel, better known to the world as, Dr. Seuss, was an American writer, poet, and cartoonist. Dr. Seuss was best known for his many children’s stories with a sing-song type of rhyming. The talented Seuss is responsible for giving his fans 60 children’s books including some of his famous ones including, “The Cat in the Hat” and “Horton Hears a Who.” One of his most famous stories that had a special inspiration was the epic and timeless story of, “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.”

Geisel both authored and illustrated his own books.

The Grinch made his first appearance in, “Redbook,” a women’s magazine publication. The popular magazine was responsible for introducing Geisel’s 32-line illustrated poem, “The Hoobub and the Grinch.” The poem was published in “Redbook’s” May 1955 edition. Before long, the poem had been published as a book.

The Grinch was an unusual person, that did not appreciate Christmas the way the Whos down in Whoville did. Actually, in the story, he was the epitome of everything evil and unpleasant causing him to be shunned by society, in general. Early in life he had been ridiculed and never recovered from the negativity.

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