Dr. Seuss has recently been the subject of controversy, namely some alleged racist imagery in his books. Following this controversy, new reports are surfacing that Dr. Seuss himself, despite being a children’s book author, was afraid of children and wasn’t a fan of them in general.
“What might they do next? What might they ask next?” His wife Audrey Geisel says of her husband. “He couldn’t just sit down on the floor and play with them.” Geisel also said that her husband preferred to live a life without offspring of his own and actually preferred to stay as far away from them as possible.
Was Dr. Seuss really afraid of children?
Geisel further reflects on her husband’s attitude, saying he would’ve never been happy being a father. “They wouldn’t have been happy with Ted, and Ted wouldn’t have been happy with them,” she says, noting his real name, Theodore Seuss Geisel. “He’s the man who said of children, ‘You have ’em and I’ll entertain ’em.’”