We all will miss our favorite poet who passed away from a heart attack on May 10, 1999 (McCloud). Through works as varied as the colors of an autumn day, he has entertained a variety of audiences since the launch of his career. He will be remembered for generations to come through the joy that he will continue to bring to children and adults through his life's work.
Sheldon Alan "Shelly" Silverstein, most commonly known as Shel Silverstein, was born in Chicago, Illinois, on September 25. His birth year has been reported as both 1930, and 1932. He is best known in children's literature for his poetry; however, he was also a cartoonist, composer, lyricist and folksinger (McCloud). His poem, "The Unicorn Song" was recorded by the Irish Rovers. Other hit songs included "A Boy Named Sue", recorded by Johnny Cash, and "The Cover of the Rollin' Stone" by Dr.
Hook. He composed the music for the movies, Ned Kelly, Who Is Harry Kellerman and Why Is He Saying Such Terrible Things About Me?, and Thieves. He composed music for the film, Postcards from the Edge for which he received a nomination for an Academy Award in Music for the song, "I'm Checkin Out." A man of many talents, he co-wrote the screenplay for the film, Things Change with David Mamet (Hedblad, 210-23).
Silverstein began writing as a young boy in Chicago. Although he would rather have been playing baseball or chasing girls, he could not catch or hit a ball, and the girls were not interested in him. He gave his energies to writing. He developed his unique writing style at a young age and was unfamiliar with the poetry of the great poets of his time. Silverstein was quoted: "I was so lucky that I didn't have anyone...