Sheldon Allan Silverstein is an American writer, poet, animator, musician and playwright. He is known for his cartoons, songs and children's books. He calls himself Uncle Shelby in a number of works. His books have been translated into over 30 languages and have sold over 20 million copies. Silverstein's songs have been recorded and widely popularized by many artists including Johnny Cash, The Irish Rovers, and Dr. Hook & the Medicine Show. He is the recipient of two Grammy Awards as well as Golden Globe and Oscar nominations.
|Born||Sheldon Allan Silverstein, September 25, 1930, Chicago, Illinois, US|
|Died||May 10, 1999, Key West, Florida, US|
|Resting place||Westlawn Cemetery, Norridge, Illinois|
|Occupation||Author, poet, cartoonist, songwriter, playwright|
|Genre||Children's fiction, Dark comedy|
|IMDb||Shel Silverstein's IMDb|
Known as Uncle Shelby for his children's books, such as Where the Sidewalk Ends. He wrote A Boy Named Sue, which Johnny Cash popularized.
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 had a daughter named Shoshanna with Susan Hastings and a son named Matthew with Sarah Spencer.
He wrote children's poems for the magazine Playboy created by Hugh Hefner.
- Sloppy Seconds (album), Dr. Hook's second album, where Silverstein wrote all the songs.
- The Designers of Playboy
- Humorous poets
- Artists from the United States Army
- Florida Poets
- People dissipated
- Country musicians from Illinois
- Poets for children
- American Jewish poets
- Collectors of books and manuscripts
- Roosevelt University Alumni
- Musicians from Florida
- The writers illustrated their own writing
- American country musician
- Artists of Elektra Records
- Writers-composers in Florida
- Musicians Illinois
- Alumni of the School of the Art Academy of Chicago
- Musician Chicago
Latest information about Shel Silverstein updated on June 14 2021.