A new collection of stories from Theodor Geisel aka Dr. Seuss is set to hit shelves on Tuesday.
Horton and the Kwuggerbug and More Lost Stories contains new stories featuring some of Dr. Seuss' most beloved characters, including the Grinch and Horton. According to Newsweek, biographer Charles Cohen, who conducted more than 25,000 hours of research on the life of the children's book author, is the person who found the stories. Cohen (who is the author of 2004's The Seuss, the Whole Seuss and Nothing But the Seuss: A Visual Biography of Theodor Seuss Geisel) is also a practicing dentist and a "research hobbyist" aka someone who is obsessed with researching the everloving shit out of a particular subject:
Over the course of his research, he kept seeing references to Dr. Seuss stories that he'd never heard and at first thought were just more misinformation. A trip to the magazine archives of the Boston Public Library proved otherwise. There, in Redbook issues from the 1940s and 1950s, Cohen discovered approximately 30 Dr. Seuss stories that had never made it into books. The illustrations, though tiny, were unmistakably Seussian, as were the themes, settings, characters, morals, rhythm and rhyme of the stories.
There are apparently more stories, but due to copyright issues this may be the last new collection we see anytime soon. Newsweek also wrote a Seuss-style poem to commemorate the announcement, which obviously everyone needs to read:
Four Dr. Seuss stories you don't likely remember
Will hit bookstore shelves on the ninth of September!
In the last sixty years these tales haven't been seen.
But how could it be so? What could it mean?
Well, it means more Seuss for you and more Seuss for me—
Four more new lost stories! Not one, two or three.
They've got Horton and Marco from Mulberry Street
And a whole different Grinch for us to meet.
The week after Labor Day will have so much in store
In that wonderful Seussiverse we all love to explore.
Image via Random House.