By Lisa Rogak
Few authors are as liked as Shel Silverstein. His inimitable drawings and comedian poems became the bedtime staples of hundreds of thousands of kids and their mom and dad, yet few readers understand a lot concerning the guy in the back of that wild-eyed, bearded face peering out from the backs of airborne dirt and dust jackets.
In A Boy Named Shel, Lisa Rogak tells the complete tale of a lifestyles as antic and adventurous as any of his creations. a guy with an incurable case of wanderlust, Shel stored houses on either coasts and lots of areas in between---and loved standard remains within the Playboy Mansion. in every single place he went he charmed associates, made numerous associates, and romanced virtually as many ladies together with his unstoppable power and endless wit.
His boundless creativity introduced him popularity and fortune---neither of which replaced his down-to-earth method of life---and his kid's books bought hundreds of thousands of copies. yet he used to be even more than "just" a kid's author. He collaborated with somebody who crossed his direction, and located luck in a much broader variety of genres than such a lot artists may well ever wish to grasp. He penned hit songs like "A Boy Named Sue" and "The Unicorn." He drew cartoons for Stars & Stripes and received his substantial holiday with Playboy. He wrote experimental performs and collaborated on scripts with David Mamet. With a probably never-ending movement of clean rules, he labored compulsively and enthusiastically on a wide range of initiatives up till his demise, in 1999.
Drawing on wide-ranging interviews and in-depth learn, Rogak provides enthusiasts a hot, enlightening portrait of an artist whose innovative spirit created the poems, songs, and drawings that experience touched the lives of such a lot of children---and adults.
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A Boy Named Shel: The Life and Times of Shel Silverstein by Lisa Rogak