The very first thing I did as an adult when I finally had enough money in my pocket to spend on things other than student loans and rent, was to treat myself to every single Shel Silverstein book.

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When the author died of a heart attack at the age of 68 in 1999, my heart was broken. I had an insatiable thirst for reading when I was a kid and would spend many hours under the covers, flashlight in hand, reading works by Shel Silverstein.

Ironically, Silverstein never meant to become a children's author. As a matter of fact, he was known to be something of a philanderer and was not only a cartoonist for the Army's Stars and Stripes magazine, but also for Look, Sports Illustrated, and Playboy. Silverstein was known to frequent the Playboy Mansion and wasn't exactly discrete about his exploits.

In 1963, Silverstein met a book editor who talked him into writing material for kids and the first thing he wrote was The Giving Tree, one of the most well-known children's books of all time.

When he died, Silverstein left behind songs (he wrote A Girl Named Sue which was performed by Johnny Cash), books, poetry, and drawings. He also left behind an incredible houseboat in California.

According to Smithsonian Magazine, the houseboat was first used during World War II before being transformed into a 1,200-square-foot houseboat. Purchased by Silverstein in 1967, this eclectic vessel was given the name "Evil Eye." After Silverstein's death, the houseboat was owned by Silverstein's friend the photographer and artist, Larry Moyer. Moyer owned the home until 2016 when he passed away at the age of 92.

In 2017, the houseboat was put up for sale with an asking price of $390,000. It sold and the new owner completely revamped beauty which is now on the market again with an asking price listed as $783,000. Just two months later, the price has been reduced to $650.00. 

Peek Inside Shel Silverstein's Remodeled Houseboat

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