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A Boy Named Shel: The Life and Times of Shel Silverstein

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Publisher Comments:

Few authors are as beloved as Shel Silverstein. His inimitable drawings and comic poems have become the bedtime staples of millions of children and their parents, but few readers know much about the man behind that wild-eyed, bearded face peering out from the backs of dust jackets.

In A Boy Named Shel, Lisa Rogak tells the full story of a life as antic and adventurous as any of his creations. A man with an incurable case of wanderlust, Shel kept homes on both coasts and many places in between---and enjoyed regular stays in the Playboy Mansion. Everywhere he went he charmed neighbors, made countless friends, and romanced almost as many women with his unstoppable energy and never-ending wit.

His boundless creativity brought him fame and fortune---neither of which changed his down-to-earth way of life---and his childrens books sold millions of copies. But he was much more than “just” a childrens writer. He collaborated with anyone who crossed his path, and found success in a wider range of genres than most artists could ever hope to master. He penned hit songs like “A Boy Named Sue” and “The Unicorn.” He drew cartoons for Stars & Stripes and got his big break with Playboy. He wrote experimental plays and collaborated on scripts with David Mamet. With a seemingly unending stream of fresh ideas, he worked compulsively and enthusiastically on a wide array of projects up until his death, in 1999.

            Drawing on wide-ranging interviews and in-depth research, Rogak gives fans a warm, enlightening portrait of an artist whose imaginative spirit created the poems, songs, and drawings that have touched the lives of so many children---and adults.

Synopsis:

The first-ever biography of the one-of-kind author who created The Giving Tree, Where the Sidewalk Ends and A Light in the Attic

About the Author

Lisa Rogak is the author of more than forty books. Her most recent biography was The Man Behind the Da Vinci Code: An Unauthorized Biography of Dan Brown. She lives in New Hampshire.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780312539313
Author:
Rogak, Lisa
Publisher:
St. Martin's Griffin
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Entertainment & Performing Arts - General
Subject:
Composers & Musicians - General
Subject:
Artists, Architects, Photographers
Subject:
Composers
Subject:
Musicians
Subject:
Entertainment
Subject:
Performing arts
Subject:
Composers & Musicians
Subject:
Entertainment & Performing Arts
Subject:
Biography-Literary
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20090331
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Plus one 8-page bandw photo section
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
8.3 x 5.5 x 0.68 in

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The first-ever biography of the one-of-kind author who created The Giving Tree, Where the Sidewalk Ends and A Light in the Attic

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