Shel Silverstein

Overview

Shel Silverstein was a songwriter, playwright, and cartoonist, but he is best known for his poetry and books for children, including The Giving Tree and A Light in the Attic. Always thought provoking and sometimes controversial, Silverstein's writing was accompanied by his distinctive art, making his books memorable and appealing to children and adults alike. Silverstein did not start out as a children's book writer. He first pursued many other avenues, all while living a fascinating and unusual lifestyle. Shel ...
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Overview

Shel Silverstein was a songwriter, playwright, and cartoonist, but he is best known for his poetry and books for children, including The Giving Tree and A Light in the Attic. Always thought provoking and sometimes controversial, Silverstein's writing was accompanied by his distinctive art, making his books memorable and appealing to children and adults alike. Silverstein did not start out as a children's book writer. He first pursued many other avenues, all while living a fascinating and unusual lifestyle. Shel Silverstein tells his story, from his childhood in Chicago through his development and success as an artist and a writer. Much like Silverstein's own work, his tale is both amusing and inspiring.

About the Author:
Michael Gray Baughan is a freelance author and researcher

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Jennie DeGenaro
The amazing and creative life of Shel Silverstein as described by Michael Ray Baughan with input from Silverstein himself, is fascinating. Shilverstein was truly a renaissance man. He was 25 years old when he achieved his first goal of becoming a professional cartoonist. Although, he wrote children's books and received many awards; his books were often banned from libraries, because sometimes wrote subtle messages that the children could not understand, but their parents could. Shel referred to himself as "Old Uncle Shelby." An unconventional person, Shel fathered a daughter, but never married her mother. Even though, he was not a typical father, he was distraught when his daughter died of a brain aneuryism at 11 years of age. Along with a daughter, Shel also fathered a son, and still remained unwed. He did not believe in marriage or monogamous relationships. One of his most popular was "A Boy Named Sue" and he was successful in multi-creative outlets including a career as a movie producer and playwright. In 1999, Shel died at the age of 68, and left his estate of $15 to $20 million to his son. He remains a mystery as was his desire. The series "Who Wrote That?" includes life stories of many incredible story tellers, including Silverstein, and some of the best-loved children and young adult authors. Reviewer: Jennie DeGenaro
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780791096765
  • Publisher: Facts on File, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 7/28/2008
  • Series: Who Wrote That? Series
  • Pages: 120
  • Sales rank: 1,399,679
  • Age range: 11 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.70 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword   Kyle Zimmer     6
The Multitalented Misfit     11
The Zookeeper     25
The Fabulist     35
The Songwriter     43
The Poet-Illustrator     61
The Shapeshifter     71
Different Dances     81
Falling Up and Checking Out     91
Chronology     104
Notes     106
Works by Shel Silverstein     108
Popular Books     109
Popular Characters     110
Major Awards     111
Bibliography     112
Further Reading     114
Index     116
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