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shel silverstein biography quick facts
Shel Silverstein is a well-known author, illustrator, poet and a composer. He became very popular
as an American poet, singer as well as a songwriter, an innovative cartoonist, a screenwriter and
an interesting writer of countless children books. He was famous as Uncle Shelby in some of his
works. His books are so famous and loved among children that more than 20 million copies were
He was born on September 25, 1930 in Chicago. He grew up in the neighborhood of Logan
Square of Chicago and completed his schooling from Roosevelt University. He later went to
University of Illinois to complete his higher education but could not accomplish it. He later went to
Chicago Academy of Fine Arts and then attended United States Army. His real name was
Sheldon Silverstein which was penned down to Shel Silverstein. He was a poet and a musician
who was widely popular for writing children's stories.
In his early days, he studied music and worked hard to set up himself as a musician and
composer. He composed so many popular songs and wrote renowned books which were
enormously outstanding. Shel Silverstein became a cartoonist for a magazine and kept working
as a cartoonist for many years. His work in some famous magazines made him earn national
recognition. His cartoons got a permanent space in some popular magazines which made him
largely famous around 1970s. Later, he tried his hand at creativity and innovation so he began
focusing on music and his writing skills.