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Did you know Dr. Seuss dabbled in adult literature? (23 Photos)


Published in 1939, ‘The Seven Lady Godivas’ was the lone adult book written by Dr. Seuss. The book originally flopped so not very many copies were printed. Today you can find it on ebay for hundreds of dollars.

The story takes place in 1066. Lord Godiva, who studies horses, sets off to take part in the Battle of Hastings. He leaves behind his seven daughters who happen to be nudists. Unfortunately, Lord Godiva dies after being thrown off his horse. To honor their father, the seven sisters vow to not indulge in love until they each come up with a Horse Truth. Each of them is engaged to one of the seven Peeping brothers who wait patiently for them to discover their Horse Truths.

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While inspecting a horse that was gifted to the family, Teenie Godiva is bitten on the nose. Horse Truth: Don’t ever look a gift horse in the mouth!

While inspecting a horse that was gifted to the family, Teenie Godiva is bitten on the nose.
Horse Truth: Don’t ever look a gift horse in the mouth!

Dorcas J. Godiva decides to research Horse-Drawn Vehicular Transportation and builds several variations of the horse drawn cart. Horse Truth: Don’t put the cart before the horse.

Dorcas J. Godiva decides to research Horse-Drawn Vehicular Transportation and builds several variations of the horse drawn cart.
Horse Truth: Don’t put the cart before the horse.

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Arabella Godiva overworks her horse causing him to become a drunken bum. When she tries to force him to drink water to sober up he refuses. Horse Truth: You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make him drink.

Arabella Godiva overworks her horse causing him to become a drunken bum. When she tries to force him to drink water to sober up he refuses.
Horse Truth: You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make him drink.

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While studying “equestrian aquatics” Mitzi Godiva constructs a horse powered boat where the horse runs on a treadmill to turn the paddles. When her first horse gets tired she attempts to switch in a new horse but has some complications and the boat sinks. Horse Truth: Never change horses in the middle of the stream.

While studying “equestrian aquatics” Mitzi Godiva constructs a horse powered boat where the horse runs on a treadmill to turn the paddles. When her first horse gets tired she attempts to switch in a new horse but has some complications and the boat sinks.
Horse Truth: Never change horses in the middle of the stream.

Lulu Godiva gets kicked by her horse into a pile of hay which leaves two horseshoe prints on her butt cheeks. While in the hay she discovers a diamond that her lover lost last time they were having some fun. Horse Truth: Horseshoes are lucky

Lulu Godiva gets kicked by her horse into a pile of hay which leaves two horseshoe prints on her butt cheeks. While in the hay she discovers a diamond that her lover lost last time they were having some fun.
Horse Truth: Horseshoes are lucky

Desperate to be with her fiancé, Gussie Godiva attempts to escape instead of coming up with a Horse Truth but is stopped by her oldest sister. Gussie then rushes into the barn and after a lot of ruckus noise she bursts out of the barn riding a horse painted blue and green. She then leaves the castle forever. Horse Truth: That’s a horse of another color!

Desperate to be with her fiancé, Gussie Godiva attempts to escape instead of coming up with a Horse Truth but is stopped by her oldest sister. Gussie then rushes into the barn and after a lot of ruckus noise she bursts out of the barn riding a horse painted blue and green. She then leaves the castle forever.
Horse Truth: That’s a horse of another color!

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39 years go by and Hedwig Godiva, the oldest of the sisters, still has not come up with a Horse Truth. Then one night her horse is stolen and rather than crying about it she comes up with her truth. Horse Truth: Don’t lock the barn door after the horse has been stolen.

39 years go by and Hedwig Godiva, the oldest of the sisters, still has not come up with a Horse Truth. Then one night her horse is stolen and rather than crying about it she comes up with her truth.
Horse Truth: Don’t lock the barn door after the horse has been stolen.

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VIA Brain Pickings, Seussblog

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