A Harsh Fan Letter

A young man named Ted was working as a cartoonist at The Judge, a humor magazine. His work had received some positive praise.

Among his first fan letters, was a short note from a condemned murderer on death row in Huntsville, Texas.

“If your stuff is the kind of thing they’re publishing nowadays, I don’t so much mind leaving.”

A man about to die chose to spend some of his last moments writing this note. It could have stopped Ted from ever drawing another cartoon.

Instead, Ted was mesmerized by the letter. He kept it in his desk the rest of his life.

At his desk, he wrote many books including Horton Hears A Who, Green Eggs and Ham, and How the Grinch Stole Christmas.

Ted’s last name was Geisel, and his pen name was Dr. Seuss.

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