By Connor Browder
The life of Shel silverstein
Little Shel Silverstein
His parents were Nathan and Helen Silverstein. He grew up in a lower class neighbor in the Logan Square area of Chicago. He began writing as a young boy with his own style. He was not familiar with poets Thurber, Benchley, Price, or Steinberg, and did not see their work until he was around thirty.
Shel graduated from Roosevelt High and attended the University of Ilinois, but was kicked out of school after a year. He had majored in art. He then attended the Chicago Academy of Fine Arts for a year then studied English at Roosevelt University for three years until he was drafted into the army. He said he regretted going to college because he could have seen the world during that time.