Saturday, 20 July 2013

Where is Helen Palmer Geisel?

This photo in Wikipedia is not Helen Palmer Geisel. It is Audrey Stone Dimond Geisel, the second wife.

The on-line dictionary has got it very wrong, as do many others.

When one Googles Helen Palmer Geisel and sees the row of five photos, all but one are of  Audrey Stone Dimond, the woman who ruined Helen Palmer's forty-year marriage and her life.

How egregious a mistake to make.

Why does it appear that Helen Palmer has been buried further underground than her suicide merited?
And why has no one noticed this and corrected it until now?
(I have contacted Wikipedia and reported the error.)

Absolutely disgraceful.

  1. Helen Palmer Geisel
  2. Helen Palmer Geisel was an American children's author. She was married to fellow author Theodor Seuss Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss, from 1927 until her death. Wikipedia

Why is Helen Palmer Geisel's most recognized book, Do You Know What I'm Going To Do Next Saturday, which was noted as one of the best juvenile books of 1963, not mentioned here?

For insight into the multi-millionaire widow, Audrey, please read the article below. In another article, she saw herself as "the safety net under San Diego."

Here is something published in OMG Facts as the world awakens to the shabby treatment of Helen Palmer Geisel.

Dr. Seuss cheated on his wife while she was sick with cancer for 13 years. She committed suicide because of his infidelity, and he later married his mistress.

Probably not the most uplifting story for one of the most beloved children’s book authors of all time, but there it is. Seuss’ wife, Helen Palmer Geisel, suffered from a long series of illnesses including cancer over a period of 13 years. Eventually, Helen learned of her husband’s adulterous relationship with another woman. Given that and the constant illnesses she suffered, Helen decided to commit suicide through an overdose of barbiturates.
She wrote a suicide note to Seuss that said “Dear Ted, what has happened to us? I don't know. I feel myself in a spiral, going down down down, into a black hole from which there is no escape, no brightness. And loud in my ears from every side I hear, 'failure, failure, failure... I love you so much ... I am too old and enmeshed in everything you do and are, that I cannot conceive of life without you ... My going will leave quite a rumor but you can say I was overworked and overwrought. Your reputation with your friends and fans will not be harmed ... Sometimes think of the fun we had all thru the years ..."
Dr. Seuss was very distraught at his wife’s suicide in 1967, but he later married the woman he had been cheating on his wife with only one year later!

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Correction here. Ted Geisel married Audrey Stone Dimond eight months after Helen died.