There’s a reason why you’ve probably never heard of Dr. Seuss’s 1939 book The Seven Lady Godivas — it was a failure. It’s actually understandable why it didn’t do well. The Seven Lady Godivas was way ahead of it’s time, only 10,000 copies where produced and was targeted toward adults.
It was based on legend of Lady Godiva. The story is that she rode through the street naked on horseback to protest her husband’s large taxation of his tenants. The townspeople weren’t allowed to watch, but one fellow broke the rules and went blind and that’s where we get the term “Peeping Tom.”
Dr. Seuss decided to multiply her as sisters, draw them in various shapes, sizes and ages and then send them on a quest to find “horse truths.” The women refuse to get married until they accomplished their goal.
The Seven Lady Godivas is a thinly veiled statement of female empowerment. These brazen ladies lack traditional modesty and shrug off the idea of marriage until they accomplish their goals and get their rocks off. Quite a piece of work considering it was 75 years ago.
See more drawings at brainpickings.org I’m partial to the redhead with spiky hair.
Dr. Seuss’s “The Seven Lady Godivas” was printed in 1939. Find out why you’ve never heard of it.