“THOSE STARS WEREN’T SO BIG. THEY WERE REALLY SO SMALL YOU MIGHT THINK SUCH A THING WOULDN’T MATTER AT ALL”
SEUSS, Dr. The Sneetches and Other Stories. New York: Random House, 1961. Quarto, original pictorial paper boards, pictorial endpapers, original dust jacket.
First edition of this collection of four Seuss stories, including the title tale, his pointed parable about “the shame of prejudice” (Cohen, 220).
In 1953, Geisel published in Redbook a three-stanza poem entitled "The Sneetches." "With economy of language and illustration? [Geisel distilled] prejudice down to a rhymed couplet in which he summed up the point of view for which he would ever after be known: 'And, really, it's sort of a shame, / For except for those stars, every Sneetch is the same? Ted's work on 'The Sneetches' and Horton Hears a Who! during the summer and fall of 1953 was the 'one-two' of the blade he had learned to wield against intolerance, and he was as much ahead of his fellow Americans as he had been in urging them to enter World War II" (Cohen, 221). The book version of "The Sneetches," found in this volume, retains the punch of the original; the remaining tales—"The Zax," "Too Many Daves" and "What Was I Scared Of?"— similarly teach tolerance, open-mindedness and the celebration of individuality. Younger & Hirsch 73. Connolly, 268.
A few instances of soiling to interior, bright boards and dust jacket with minimal wear, evidence of price sticker removal to dust jacket front flap. A near-fine copy.