Profile: Donald E Pease

English Professor

I am an authority on 19th- and 20th-century American literature and literary theory and founder/director of the Futures of American Studies Institute.
I have written numerous books, including most recently Theodor Seuss Geisel (2010), and over 100 articles on figures in American and British literature and am editor of The New Americanist series, which has transformed the field of American studies.

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Social Justice in Dr. Seuss’ Children’s Books

On February 18, Random House announced the discovery of What Pet Should I Get?, an unpublished – and heretofore unseen – picture book by Dr. Seuss. The announcement came 10 days after the same publisher revealed that it would publish Harper Lee’s “discovered” manuscript for Go Set a Watchman in the summer of 2015. In What Pet Should I Get? – released this week – the very same siblings who first appeared in One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish now struggle with the question of what pet they should choose. While the siblings in What Pet Should I Get? may not be as familiar as Scout and Jem Finch, Dr. Seuss' new book is the latest addition to a body of work that remains just as committed to social justice as Harper Lee’s famous novels.

Category: Social Awareness

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