Long before he gave us memorable children's characters like Horton and the Cat in the Hat, Dr. Seuss wrote the adult-rated book The Seven Ladies of Godiva. Why did Dr. Seuss write an adult book? Clearly he wasn't always a children's author. In the years before he switched to children's literature, he wrote a number of works intended for an adult audience. Seuss had some misgivings prior to publishing The Seven Ladies of Godiva, and the book was a massive flop upon release.
Dr. Seuss's adult book is essentially a bizarre retelling of the legend of the nude noblewoman Lady Godiva. For some reason, there are seven Lady Godivas, all engaged to men with the unfortunate family name Peeping. The plot is sprawling, and feels largely pointless, which is perhaps the reason it failed to sell and was pulled off the shelves. It was briefly re-released in 1987, but it's hard to find today. In fact, so many dedicated collectors are vying for a copy of the Seuss book with nude drawings, copies are often priced at $50 or more. Luckily, many of the images from the infamous book can be viewed for free online.