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The New Yorker

‘Study of Two Figures – Dr. Seuss and Chrysanthemum Pearl’

Theodor Seuss Geisel (Dr. Seuss) and his wife Helen Palmer Geisel created an imaginary daughter named Chrysanthemum-Pearl

‘Study of Two Figures’ is a new sequence of poems by Monica Youn which looks at the links between Theodor Geisel and his alter ego, Dr Seuss, his wife, and their fictitious child – whose name references the symbol of imperial Japan