Shel Silverstein

Quick Facts

Full NameSheldon Allan Silverstein
Date of BirthSeptember 25, 1930
Place of BirthChicago, Illinois, U.S.
Date of DeathMay 10, 1999
Place of DeathKey West, Florida, U.S.
Resting PlaceWestlawn Cemetery, Norridge, Illinois, U.S.
OccupationAuthor, poet, cartoonist, songwriter, playwright
GenresChildren’s fiction, dark comedy
Military ServiceUnited States Army, 1949–1955, Korean War
Notable WorksThe Giving Tree, Where the Sidewalk Ends, A Light in the Attic
Languages TranslatedMore than 47
Total Copies SoldOver 20 million
Notable Song“A Boy Named Sue” (1969)
Grammy Awards2
Other NominationsGolden Globe Awards, Academy Awards
Dedication in BookA Light in the Attic is dedicated to his deceased daughter who died at age 11
Early LifeRaised in Chicago, attended Theodore Roosevelt High School, drafted into the U.S. Army
EducationAttended University of Illinois and Chicago Academy of Fine Arts briefly

Shel Silverstein Books

The Giving Tree1964
A Light in the Attic1981
The Missing Piece1976
Falling Up1996
Runny Babbit2005
Every Thing On It2011
The Missing Piece Meets The Big O1981
Lafcadio: The Lion Who Shot Back1963
Uncle Shelby’s ABZ Book1961
A Giraffe and a Half1964
Arbor Alma
Different Dances1979
Don’t Bump the Glump!1964
An adult evening of Shel Silverstein2003
A Light in the Attic Special Edition with 12 Extra Poems
Who wants a cheap rhinoceros?1983
“Now Here’s My Plan”: A Book of Futilities1960
Falling Up Special Edition: With 12 New Poems
Different Dances 25th Anniversary Edition
Quien Quiere Un Rinoceronte Barato?1983
Shel’s shorts
Report from Practically Nowhere1959
Diraẖt-i baẖšandah: The giving tree
The World of Shel Silverstein Fabric Banner1999

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