Present at the Creation: How the Grinch Stole Christmas. NPR Radio.
Keyword: grinch, redemption, Christmas, teleology
"How the Grinch Stole Christmas" by Dr. Seuss has become almost as much a Christmas classic as Dicken's "A Christmas Carol." Both are wonderful stories about redeemed lives. After the childrens book had become popular, Theodore Geisel (aka Dr. Seuss) received a letter from the brothers David and Bob Grinch of Ridgefield, NJ. They asked Geisel to change the name of the Grinch since the boys were getting teased about it. Dr. Seuss responded, "I disagree with your friends who 'harass' you. Can't they understand that the Grinch in my story is the Hero of Christmas? Sure... he starts out as a villain, but it's not how you start out that counts. It's what you are at the finish."