The Legacy of Sheldon Allan Silverstein Essay

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Sheldon Allan Silverstein also know as Shel Silverstein was a very successful American author. He was born September 25,1930 in Chicago, Illinois. His parents are Nathan and Heelan Silverstein they had shel and also a girl Peggy. Shel graduated from Roosevelt High School in 1948, and from there “he went to follow his artistic aspirations, where he studied at the Chicago Academy of Fine Arts (presently known as Art Institute of Chicago) then later to Roosevelt University.”(Shel Silverstein biography n. pg) He soon dropped out of school and joined the army in 1953, he served in the Japan and Korean War. “There he became a cartoon artist for Stars and Stripes Magazine. “ ( Shel Silverstein Biography n. pg) “After he was out of the Army he …show more content…
Then April 25, 1982 his daughter Shoshana die due to cerebral the age of eleven. Although Silverstein never remarried again in 1983 he had a son named Matthew with a girl named Sarah Spencer. Shel Silverstein ended up passing away on May 10, 1999, from a heart attack in Key West, Florida.Even after he passed away he was still making accomplishments. In 2002 he was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame. Shel Silverstein was a very hard worker and accomplished many things in his days, he was very successful at many things one being an American author and influencing people through his writing by connecting his life with what he wrote.

Shel Silverstein began writing at the age of twelve. He began writing because he wasn't very good at sports and girls weren't attracted to him. He always wanted to be a baseball player had no athletic ability so he took on writing. “In 1963, Silverstein met Ursula Nordstrom, a book editor, and she convinced him to begin writing material for children, which he did on short notice.”(Shel Silverstein pg.1) When Silverstein started writing he wasn’t aware or any famous poets style , therefore he had no one to mimic so he came up with his one style. This is what lead him into writing award winning books.

One of Shel’s most famous book is The Giving Tree. “It was published 1964 and has sold over five and a half million copies.”(alyssalynn “The story is “based on two people,

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