Audrey Geisel, the widow of the children’s author Theodor Geisel — better known as Dr. Seuss — and the overseer of his estate and guardian of his legacy since his death in 1991, died on Wednesday at her home in San Diego. She was 97. Random House Children’s Books, her husband’s publisher, announced the death. Before Mr. Geisel died, he told his wife that she would be in charge of all the creatures he had created, including the Cat in the Hat, Horton the elephant and the Grinch. Taking care of them became her mission. She developed and oversaw a global operation of publishing ventures, film projects, games and celebrations that kept Dr. Seuss’s name, and his beloved stories, in front of successive generations of children as they learned to read. She was deeply involved in the marketing and managing of all his material. Some people complained that her aggressive commercialism went beyond the wishes of her very private husband. “You use it or you lose it,” she responded to San Diego Magazine in 2007 when asked about that complaint. “If we’re not out there — if we don’t keep up the reminders and remembrances — you fall off. And… Read full this story
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