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Dimensions: Image Size: 14” x 11”, Paper Size: 17.5” x 14”
Medium: Lithograph on paper
Edition Size: 2500
Availability: Sold out at publisher but still available at Peabody Gallery
Year of Release: 2002
Adapted posthumously from the illustration for the 1960 book, Green Eggs and Ham.
Green Eggs and Ham was born out of a $50 wager between Dr. Seuss and his publisher, Bennett Cerf, who bet he couldn’t write an articulate, entertaining book using only fifty different words. The result was a 62-page volume composed of 49 monosyllabic words and a fiftieth three-syllable word “anywhere.” When Cerf heard Ted’s first reading of the book, he seemed dazed, shaking his head over the clear triumph of Green Eggs and Ham, which had begun as their private joke. Although he conceded the fifty-dollar bet, Ted cheerily “complained” throughout his life that Cerf never paid up. A small price for what ultimately became a national treasure.