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Tyler Washington
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Shel Silverstein literary paper
Shel Silverstein was born in Chicago, Illinois on September 25, 1930. Shel Silverstein was a song writing musician, author, and an illustrator. He spent his early life serving in the U.S. Army during 1950. He was a cartoonist for many different magazines, and when he joined Playboy, his work became national known. While working at Playboy he started his career of writing poems and songs. Some of his best known works were The Giving Tree, The Missing Piece, and Where the Sidewalk ends. He is also Grammy winner for his song “A Boy Named Sue” which a very famous name in music had performed for him, and he was also nominated for an Oscar. But what were the things that made Shel what he is today to the world the legacy he left and what others thought of such a man that started off as just an average kid who was trying to be noticed.

The books that Shel Silverstein made with illustrations were characterized to be awkward and funny to see, and each characterization varied based on which novel you were reading. Shel first few books were sad yet very funny and knew how to make his audience laugh. With going with the name Uncle Shelby when he first began. While being in the army, Shel wrote his first few books based on what it was like to be in the army which you can imagine is very different for everyone. When he finally moved up to working with Playboy, he started getting his work to be more recognized…
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