How the Grinch Stole Christmas (First Edition) by Dr Seuss

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How the Grinch Stole Christmas is children’s book a by Dr Seuss (Theodor Seuss Geisel – 1904-1991). The first edition of this work was published in 1957 by Random House. Plot, Characters, Themes

The Grinch is a strange and angry creature who lives on a cave north of Whoville, a town full of friendly, kind and happy citizens, the Whos. The Grinch becomes angry at the jollity of the Christmas festivities that he can hear coming from the town, and decides to boycott Christmas for all of the Whos. He steals everything and stops Christmas arriving. In the end he learns that despite depriving the Whos of their material items, Christmas comes after all. He is affected by this, and becomes a good Grinch, returning all the presents and Christmas ephemera and is welcomed by the Whos.

Many believe that the book criticises how commercial Christmas has become, and is a satire of companies who exploit the holiday for profit. It may be a simpler moral of happiness not coming from presents and material items but from within, and from being good and kind to one another.

The text in rhymed verse, maintains a triple metre, and uses classic Seuss anapaestic tetrameter.

Author

Theodor Seuss Geisel, known as Dr. Seuss, published 46 children’s books. His work with Random House did much for children’s literacy in America, and his birthday has been taken up as Read Across America Day (March 2nd).

See main article: Dr Seuss rare books and memorabilia

Notable auction sales and collecting tips

How the Grinch Stole Christmas was published by Random House in 1957, but also published in American woman’s magazine Redbook at approximately the same time. It could be argued that both of these count as first edition, though the books are likely to have survived the test of time slightly better.

First edition copies are much more valuable if they retain their original dust jackets. A signature of Seuss, especially if accompanied by a small doodle, will raise the worth of a copy. The first edition went through several printings or issues, and a copy will become more valuable the earlier it was printed within the edition. E.g. a first edition first issue is more desirable than a first edition twelfth issue.

First edition copies sold at Christie’s New York for $1,440 in December 2006, and copies inscribed by Seuss for $3,107 in June 2004, and $3,250 in December 2007.

Sothebys New York sold a first edition for $3,300 in December 2006.

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