Many children grew up reading Shel Silverstein's poetry, but stories about the poet's darker side depict him in a completely different light. Hints to his creative yet twisted mind appear in some of Silverstein's creepy poems, but the real Shel Silverstein personality emerged through his work for adults, including songs, plays, and cartoons. Silverstein was a private man who never gave many interviews. Instead, he threw himself into almost every area of creative expression.
Born in 1930, Silverstein began drawing at a young age but was quickly seen as a rebel with controversial ideas and the lifestyle of a drifter. Some of Silverstein's best books, like The Giving Tree, Where the Sidewalk Ends, and A Light in the Attic, harbor interesting insights into the genius' mind. Although these are the titles that brought him the most fame, they also created some controversy by appearing on banned book lists. So, what was Shel Silverstein like? What really lurked in the mind of a man who possessed tremendous amounts of imagination, creative passion, and a twisted sense of humor? These dark Shel Silverstein stories may help shine a little light in that attic.
He Sent Away His Young Daughter When Her Mother Passed Away, Only To Have The Child Die At An Early Age, Too
Playboy Jumpstarted Silverstein's Career As A Cartoonist
Shel Silverstein Hated The Children's Book Genre
A Cartoon He Drew For The Army Almost Got Him Court-Martialed
His Most Famous Cartoon Was Used For Psychological Testing, Which He Thought Was Ridiculous
Shel Silverstein Penned Some Pretty Raunchy Songs