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The Seven Lady Godivas: The True Facts Concerning History's Barest Family Hardcover – Aug 1987


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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Random House Inc (T); First Printing edition (Aug 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0394562690
  • ISBN-13: 978-0394562698
  • Product Dimensions: 26.2 x 18.8 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 874,573 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Theodor Seuss Geisel - better known to millions of his fans as Dr. Seuss - was born the son of a park superintendent in Springfield, Massachusetts, in 1904. After studying at Dartmouth College, New Hampshire, and later at Oxford University in England, he became a magazine humorist and cartoonist, and an advertising man. He soon turned his many talents to writing children's books, and his first book - And To Think That I Saw It On Mulberry Street - was published in 1937. His greatest claim to fame was the one and only The Cat in the Hat, published in 1957, the first of a hugely successful range of early learning books.

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The Seven Lady Godivas: The True Facts Concerning History's Barest Family is a picture book of the tale of Lady Godiva, written and illustrated by Dr. Seuss. One of Seuss's few books written for adults, its original 1939 publication by Random House was a failure. However, it later gained popularity as Seuss himself grew in fame, and was republished in 1987.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jabberwockian on 2 Nov 2009
Format: Hardcover
Any adult person who believes him or herserlf to be a truly Dr Seuss' fan should not miss this book. Printed a second time only because of the author's whim and again a failure, it is very unlikely to have a third edition so you'll better hurry!
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By bm brokensha on 29 Oct 2014
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great thanks
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42 of 42 people found the following review helpful
An Early Dr. Seuss Gem 17 Feb 2002
By F. Orion Pozo - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
"A beautiful story of love, honor and scientific achievement" is how Dr. Seuss, with tongue in cheek, describes this book. Touted as Dr. Seuss's first book for adults, The Seven Lady Godivas was originally published in 1939 and reissued in 1987. It tells the story of not one, but seven 11th Century Lady Godivas. They are sisters sworn not to marry their beaus, the seven Peeping brothers (yes, Tom is one of them) until each of them discover a scientific truth about horses. They were driven to this oath by the death of their father during an experiment using a horse as a means of transportation.
The history is confused, but the fun never stops. Dr. Seuss's full page drawings (in red, black and white) illustrate every other page. The end papers are a fanciful illustration of the Godiva family tree. The text, though wordier than his childrens books and not in rhyme, is thoroughly Dr. Seuss. He explains the seven sisters preference for nudity by saying they had brains and were not given to vanity. He goes on to say "they were simply themselves and chose not to disguise it." Although this is a great summation of nudist philosophy, it doesn't say much about his regard for women who choose to wear clothes. Instead of scientific truths we are treated by the author to fanciful origins for seven proverbs about horses as each sister discovers her "horse truth" and goes on to marry her boyfriend.
If you enjoy Dr. Seuss, you will find these drawings and this story delightful. Although described as an adult book, children will enjoy the story as well. Today's young folks may not be familiar with all seven of the horse proverbs that Dr. Seuss relates in a book that is over 60 years old, but it should not deter from their enjoyment of this amusing tale. The drawings are not detailed enough to offend even the youngest of readers.
19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
Not the typical Suess. Definitely for adults. Very humorous. 22 Feb 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Begin with seven Lady Godivas and seven Lord Peepings; add the need for each Godiva to come up with a "horse fable" before being able to wed the Peeping to whom she is betrothed and Theodore Geisel has another winner! Definitely for adults but not at all off-colored. Another must for true Dr. Suess collectors.
16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
Straight from the horse's mouth 16 Dec 2005
By Andrew W. Johns - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
After Lord Godiva is killed when his horse throws him, his seven daughters swear an oath forsaking marriage to the Peeping brothers until they have each discovered a "truth" about horses. Each of the seven Ladies Godiva struggles to learn something from their equine companions, each eventually composing a now common horse proverb.

This book was written in 1939 as an "adult" book, presumably because Dr. Seuss's whimiscal drawings of the nude Godivas would have been considered too risque in that era. By today's standards, these drawings are quite tame, and the stories are actually quite delightful. Dr. Seuss's fanciful tales of the origins of these proverbs is entertaining and his illustrations are pure Seuss.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Lady Godiva, how funny 27 May 2011
By Lopey - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Years ago, Dr. Seuss wrote SEVEN LADY GODIVAS: THE TRUE FACTS CONCERNING HISTORY'S BAREST FAMILY. It slumbered for all those years without my having read it. Pity, I lost those years of laughter and grins.

In his inimitable way, Dr. Seuss takes an old English legend and brings it to life with drawings and prose. This volume is no longer in print. But it will reward the mature reader far above the difficulty of searching and paying for it.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Delightful reading 2 Feb 2011
By David A. Hobbs - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This light and delightful read puts Dr. Seuss in the hands of adults. It is fun to be a kid again throught the eyes of an adult. You can enjoy the humor and art of Dr. Seuss while he pokes a finger in the eye of provincial society.
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