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Shel Silverstein

Shel SilversteinAKA Sheldon Allan Silverstein

Born: 25-Sep-1930
Birthplace: Chicago, IL
Died: 10-May-1999
Location of death: Key West, FL
Cause of death: Heart Failure
Remains: Buried, Westlawn Cemetery, Chicago, IL

Gender: Male
Religion: Jewish
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Poet, Songwriter

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Where the Sidewalk Ends

Military service: US Army (drafted 1953, served in Japan and Korea)

Father: Nathan Silverstein (b. 1-Jul-1890, d. 11-Dec-1972)
Mother: Helen (b. 5-Jan-1899, d. 9-May-1993)
Sister: Peggy Myers
Girlfriend: Susan (d. 29-Jun-1975, one daughter)
Daughter: Shoshanna ("Shanna", b. 30-Jun-1970, d. 24-Apr-1982 brain aneurism)
Son: Mathew (b. circa 1984)

    High School: Roosevelt High School
    University: University of Illinois (expelled)
    University: Chicago Academy of Fine Arts
    University: Roosevelt University (three years, until drafted in 1953)

    Playboy Cartoonist (1956-)
    Grammy 1970 for A Boy Named Sue (music and lyrics)
    Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame
    Expelled from School
    Risk Factors: Nudism

    Who Is Harry Kellerman and Why Is He Saying Those Terrible Things About Me? (15-Jun-1971)

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Author of books:
Take Ten (1955, later titled, Grab Your Socks)
Uncle Shelby's Story of Lafcadio, The Lion who Shot Back (1963, juvenile)
The Giving Tree (1964, juvenile)
Uncle Shelby's A Giraffe and a Half (1964, juvenile)
Who Wants a Cheap Rhinoceros? (1964, juvenile)
Where the Sidewalk Ends (1974, poetry, juvenile)
The Missing Piece (1976, juvenile)
The Missing Piece Meets the Big O (1981, juvenile)
A Light in the Attic (1981, poetry, juvenile)
Falling Up: Poems and Drawings (1996, poetry)
Runny Babbit (2005, juvenile)

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