In 2011, The Bippolo Seed and Other Lost Stories was a New York Times bestseller. The success of this book has also paved the way for a second tome of “lost” Dr. Seuss stories coming out Tuesday.
Horton and the Kwuggerbug and More Lost Stories features an introduction by Charles D. Cohen, a Massachusetts dentist and avid Seuss collector. He had been trying for many years to get some stories published, in book form, that Theodor Geisel wrote for Redbook in the early 1950s. One scholar tells U-T San Diego staff writer John Wilkens that these transitional efforts essentially demonstrate how “Seuss became Seuss.” From the article:
During his Seuss research, Cohen kept finding references to the early magazine stories and eventually tracked down about 30 different ones from Redbook and other publications. He’d buy copies of the original magazines, upgrade when he found some in better condition, and sell the duplicates on eBay.