Burl Ives

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General Information

Name: Burl Ives

Pen Name: None

Born: June 14, 1909, in Hunt City Township, Illinois

Died: April 14, 1995, in Anacortes, Washington

Illinois Connection

Burl Ives was born in Hunt City Township and attended Eastern Illinois University.

Biographical and Professional Information

While not an academic folklorist, Ives was dedicated to preserving the American folk tradition. Ives attended Eastern Illinois University as well as Julliard in the 1930's. Ives was described by another Illinois author, Carl Sandburg, as "the mightiest ballad singer of any country." In addition, Ives is well remembered as an actor on the stage, in motion pictures and as a writer.

Published Works

  • Wayfaring Stranger, Whittelsey House, 1948
  • Burl Ives Song Book, Ballentine, 1953
  • Tales of America, World, 1954
  • Sailing on a Very Fine Day, Rand McNally, 1954
  • Song in America: Our Musical Heritage, 1962
  • Guitar for Beginners, Lorenz Press, 1976

Titles for Purchase and at Your Library

Burl Ives Guitar for Beginners

ISBN: 0893280038
Release Date: 1976-09

Find on World Cat

Literary Awards

Illinois Author of the Year, Illinois Association of Teachers of English, 1983

External Links

Burl Ives on WorldCat


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