Monday, July 6, 2015

the seven lady godivas

There are many obscure illustrated books that I need to have in my possession. The number one being the, Gashlycrumb Tinies by Edward Gorey. (Which I posted the poetry here.) The second is, The Seven Lady Godivas by Dr. Suess.

Not only is it a charming book. But it is a playful text about embracing ones nakedness.

And one of the seven Lady Godivas is named Lulu. 

Of course it wasn't successful at all and even in modern days it has had some pretty negative reviews. Like this one.

From Publishers Weekly:
With the commercial success of You're Only Old Once, Random House offers a commemorative edition of another adult work of humor by the venerable children's book author. Originally published in 1939, this revisionist farce attempts to rectify the "shameful" story of "a big blond nude trotting around the town on a horse" and Peeping Tom, the "illicit snooper." The frothy, historical romp presents seven Lady Godivas (Ladies Godiva?) whose father, the Lord of Coventry, is thrown from a horse and killed. The noble daughters vow to postpone their marriages to the seven Peeping brothers until they discover "some new and worthy Horse Truth, of benefit to man." This gives Seuss the opportunity to contrive the origins of such wisdoms as, "Don't put the cart before the horse." Seuss's only prose work (according to promotional material) lacks the sparkle of his children's verse, his women aren't as interesting as the real Lady 11th century maverick who sacrificed her modesty to force her husband to lower taxesand readers will wonder why the protagonists (who bear unsettling resemblances to children in later Seuss works) are unclothed. Major ad/promo; Literary Guild alternate.

Copyright 1987 Reed Business Information, Inc.

However, I am a fan and will love my silly books that are meant to be light hearted.  So, stuff it publishers weekly!

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