Shel Silverstein

(September 25, 1930 – May 10, 1999 / Chicago/ Illinois)

Shel Silverstein
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As Edwin McDowell reported in the New York Times Book Review (8 Nov 1981), Silverstein "for several years now... has refused interviews and publicity tours, and he even asked his publisher not to give out any biographical information about him." What is known about Silverstein, however, is that he was born in Chicago (Illinois) in 1932, is divorced and has one daughter. Most of what is known about his views and opinions, aside from what may be interpreted from his works, comes from a Publisher's Weekly (24 Feb 1975) interview with Jean F. Mercier. Silverstein discussed the roots of his career in his childhood with Mercier:

"When I was a kid - 12, 14, around there -... more »

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  • Robert Peterson (1/4/2016 2:47:00 AM)

    Bobby Bare recorded a collection of Shel's songs, and won awards for Lullabyes, Legends and Lies. Shel did great things for children also. Made them think! Made us adults think in a humourous way with his other work. One of the Greatest of all time. Just ask John Cash. Johnny to the rest of us. Hef and the Playboy mansion...I don't know the details, but who would not find a better place to pass away with friends all around. One of the greatest POETS of our time.

  • Jessica Adams Jessica Adams (5/5/2015 9:53:00 PM)

    I love Gods Wheel! ! ! That one is awesome! !

  • LovedayJackson Jackson (4/25/2015 5:32:00 AM)

    Wow! Such a huge fan of Shel! I have read most of his books and my favourite one is the Giving Tree

  • John Brown (7/28/2014 1:20:00 AM)

    i really like his poems there funny but make you think

  • Goldheart Bird (8/21/2013 10:18:00 AM)

    I love his poems! I never read his books before though I might check some out at the libarie!

  • Artemis Gutierrez (9/10/2012 7:45:00 PM)

    I love you his poems! He's Awesome! I read almost all of his poem books. I'm his #1 fan.

  • Jessica Gaudette (12/17/2011 2:46:00 PM)

    I agree. My brother, dad and I used to buy his books for my moms birthday, which is the day after Christmas, and she has memorized so many of his poems! I recently found one we hadn't seen before, and it's waiting all wrapped up for her birthday!

  • Rimjhim Singh (9/2/2011 1:27:00 PM)

    shel silverstein= <3
    his poems coloured my childhood.

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Best Poem of Shel Silverstein

Where The Sidewalk Ends

There is a place where the sidewalk ends
and before the street begins,
and there the grass grows soft and white,
and there the sun burns crimson bright,
and there the moon-bird rests from his flight
to cool in the peppermint wind.

Let us leave this place where the smoke blows black
and the dark street winds and bends.
Past the pits where the asphalt flowers grow
we shall walk with a walk that is measured and slow
and watch where the chalk-white arrows go
to the place where the sidewalk ends.

Yes we'll walk with a walk that is measured and ...

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