Sheldon Allan Silverstein was an American writer, poet, cartoonist, songwriter, and playwright. Born and raised in Chicago, Illinois, Silverstein briefly attended university before being drafted into the United States Army. Though perhaps best known for his children's books, Silverstein did not limit his audience to children. During his rise to prominence in the 1950s, his illustrations were published in various newspapers and magazines, notably the adult-oriented Playboy. He also wrote a satirical, adult-oriented alphabet book, Uncle Shelby's ABZ Book, under the stylized name "Uncle Shelby", which he used as an occasional pen name.
|Born||Sheldon Allan Silverstein|
September 25, 1930
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
|Died||May 10, 1999 (aged 68)|
Key West, Florida, U.S.
|Resting place||Westlawn Cemetery|
Norridge, Illinois, U.S.
Sheldon Allan Silverstein, popularly known as Shel Silverstein, was an American poet, singer-songwriter, children's author, cartoonist and a screenwriter. Born during the Great Depression into an immigrant Jewish family in Chicago, he was raised under difficult conditions for the first few years of his life. To keep his mind away from the trouble, he started doodling early in his childhood. Never good in studies, he could not adjust anywhere until he entered Roosevelt University, where his talent was recognized and nurtured by his English professor. But before he could graduate, he was drafted into the army to serve in the Korean War. It was while working for the military newspaper ˜Pacific Stars and Stripes' that he first started drawing cartoons. On returning home he started submitting cartoons to various journals, ultimately joining Playboy as cartoonist and roving reporter, making a name in the field. Slowl,y he evolved as a successful singer-songwriter, holding copyright for more than 800 songs. His children's books, translated into thirty languages, have sold over 20 million copies, and continue to dominate best-sellers lists.
He had a daughter named Shoshanna with Susan Hastings and a son named Matthew with Sarah Spencer.
He had to leave the University of Illinois because of a bad academic record.
His comedy songs gained a huge following courtesy of Dr. Demento's radio show.
He wrote children's poems for the magazine Playboy created by Hugh Hefner.
● Shel Silverstein was born on September 25, 1930 (age 68) in Chicago, Illinois, United States ● He is a celebrity author ● His popular books are The Giving Tree (1964), Where the Sidewalk Ends (1974), The Missing Piece (1976), Falling Up (1996) and A Light in the Attic (1981) ● In His career, Shel Silverstein has achieved an Grammy Award for Best Country Song● He attended Theodore Roosevelt High School● He died on May 10, 1999, Key West, FL
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