Shel Silverstien- Essay

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Shel Silverstien- Shel Silverstien was born September 25, 1930th in Chicago. When he was only 12 he was sketching Al Capp’s images. Silverstien told Publishers Weekly “When I was a kid – 12 to 14, around there, I would much rather have been a good baseball player or a hit with the girls, but I couldn’t play ball. I couldn’t dance. Luckily, the girls didn’t want me. Not much I could do about that. SO I started to draw and to write. I was also lucky that I didn’t have anybody to copy, be impressed by. I had developed my own style; I was creating before I knew what I was really doing. I never saw other major published authors work until I was around 30. By the time I got to where I was attracting girls, I was already into work, and it was more important to me. Not that I wouldn’t rather make love, but the work has become a habit”. Silverstien had two children. His daughter, Shoshanna, was born on June 30th, 1970, and the mother was Susan Hastings. Susan Hastings died five years later. Then, at the age of 11, Shoshanna died from a cerebral aneurysm. Silverstien attended the Art Institute of Chicago, but left after one year. The firs thing he was officially published in was a small student newspaper at Roosevelt University. His cartoons were later went on to be published in Pacific Stars and Stripes in 1955, where he originally was hired to just make layouts. Returning to Chicago, Silverstein began submitting his cartoons to magazines while he was also selling hot dogs at Chicago Ballparks. Then, Shel’s career really started to take off when his cartoons began appearing in Look, Sports Illustrated, and This Week Magazines. In 1957 he became the leading cartoonist in Playboy, which took his cartoons all around the world, and created an illustrated travel journal. Silverstien said that it was never his intention to write children’s books, but it was a

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