THE PAJAMA-CLAD HERO AS SELF-PORTRAIT
In the summer of 1946, a New York friend invited Ted Geisel to vacation at Villa Narcissa above the Pacific southwest of Los Angeles. Ted’s biographers wrote: “After a few golden mornings padding about the terrace, Ted declared that he wanted to live the rest of his life in a climate that allowed him ‘to walk around outside in my pajamas.’” Here we see that pajama-clad boy nearing the end of a well-traveled journey.
In 1990, Oh, the Places You’ll Go! went promptly on The New York Times adult best-seller list and remained there for the rest of Ted’s life. He loved tracking its ranking in the Sunday Times Book Review—for him it was a “glorious game.” As these heady weeks passed, Ted finally exclaimed: “This proves it! I no longer write for children. I write for people!”