Childhood & Early Life
Shel Silverstein was born on September 25, 1930 in Chicago. Shel began to draw when he was twelve years old. He graduated in 1948 from Roosevelt High School. After graduated he went to Chicago Academy of Fine Art. (Known today as Art Institute of Chicago). He then went to Roosevelt University but he never finished because he dropped out and joined the army. He has been stationed in Japan and Korea. Silverstein tied the knot with Susan Hastings. The couple was blessed with a daughter named Shoshanna, on June 30, 1970. However, five years later, Susan Hastings passed away on June 29, 1975 in Baltimore, Maryland. At a tender age of eleven, Shoshanna too died in Baltimore on April 24, 1982 due to cerebral aneurysm. Silverstein, though never married again, had a son named Matthew with a woman named Sarah Spencer. Matthew was born in 1983.
Silverstein's poetry for children is often silly, humorous, and a little strange. Sometime's his poems were sometime morbid. People have said that his writing style is sometimes just like Dr. Suess. Shel has sold more than 20 million copies of his books. He has also write his books in twenty different languages.