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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Carl Sandburg  

Pen Name: Carl (August) Sandburg, Militant, Jack Philips, Charles Sandburg, Charles A. Sandburg, and Carl Sandberg

Genre: Poetry

Audience: Adult; Young Adult; Children;

Born: January 6, 1878 in Galesburg, Illinois

Died: July 22, 1967 in Flat Rock, North Carolina

-- Carl Sandburg on the State of Illinois' Illinois Poet Laureate Website --
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-- Carl Sandburg on WorldCat --

Illinois Connection

Sandburg was born and raised in Galesburg. His ashes are buried beneath ''Remembrance Rock'' at his birth home - the [http://home. grics. net/sandburgsite/ Carl Sandburg State Historic Site]. This site was dedicated as a Literary Landmark on April 25, 2015.

Biographical and Professional Information

Carl Sandburg was born Carl August Sandburg. His parents were Swedish immigrants, and his family was so poor that when he finished eighth grade he went to work full time. Sandburg spent many years traveling around the American West working at a wide variety of jobs, including bootblack, harvester, hotel dishwasher, and newspaper reporter. After fighting in the Spanish-American War, he went to Lombard College in his hometown. Although he did very well, he did not take his final exams and returned to being a hobo for several more years. At age 30, he settled down and put his years of traveling and learning American folksongs and stories to good use in this writing. One of America's best-loved poets, Sandburg was also a popular folklorist and a biographer of Lincoln. He is also famous for his book, ''Rootabaga Stories'', written for his daughters. His Abraham Lincoln biography has come to be considered an American epic. He won two Pulitzer Prizes, one for his poetry and another for a biography of Abraham Lincoln. Sandburg also served as Illinois' second Poet Laureate from 1962 until his death in 1967.

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Titles At Your Library

Rootabaga Stories (1922)
ISBN: 1436607442

Kessinger Publishing, LLC. 2008

This scarce antiquarian book is a facsimile reprint of the original. Due to its age, it may contain imperfections such as marks, notations, marginalia and flawed pages. Because we believe this work is culturally important, we have made it available as part of our commitment for protecting, preserving, and promoting the world's literature in affordable, high quality, modern editions that are true to the original work.

Abraham Lincoln: The War Years Vol 4
ISBN: 0151016070

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 1939

The story of Lincoln's life from his inauguration in 1861 to his death and funeral in 1865. Awarded the Pulitzer Prize in History, 1940.

Harvest Poems: 1910-1960
ISBN: 0156391252

Harcourt, Brace, Jovanovich. 1960

A representative selection of poems, culled from the Pulitzer Prize-winning poet’s published verse, plus thirteen poems appearing in book form for the first time. “[Sandburg’s poetry] is independent, honest, direct, lyric, and it endures, clamorous and muted, magical as life itself” (New York Times). Introduction by Mark Van Doren.

Honey and Salt Pa
ISBN: 0156421658

Harvest Books. 1967

In this outstanding collection of seventy-seven poems, Sandburg eloquently celebrates the themes that engaged him as a poet for more than half a century of writing- life, love, and death. Strongly lyrical, these intensely honest poems testify to human courage, frailty, and tenderness and to the enduring wonders of nature.

Chicago Race Riots: Revised
ISBN: 0151171505

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 1969

While Illinois did not segregate the races in public accommodations (as southern states did into the 1960s), public beaches in Chicago were clearly segregated. The most tragic result of this segregation was an incident that set off the 1919 Race Riot in Chicago, five days of rioting in which 23 African Americans and 15 whites were killed. On July 27, 1919 a black teenager named Eugene Williams and a few of his friends traveled to Lake Michigan to swim on a hot summer day. They took out a raft between the black beach at 29th street and the white beach at 26th street. A white man threw rocks at the raft, injuring Williams, who could not swim. A police officer at the 26th Street Beach was unwilling to either arrest the man or help Williams, who later died. Carl Sandburg, a reporter at the time for the Chicago Daily News, chronicled the ensuing race riot in The Chicago Race Riots.

Abe Lincoln Grows Up
ISBN: 0156026155

Harcourt Brace Jovanovich. 1975

A beautifully told story of young Abraham Lincoln’s coming-of-age

Drawn from the early chapters of Carl Sandburg’s Pulitzer Prize-winning biography, Abraham Lincoln: The Prairie Years, this is the story of Abraham Lincoln’s childhood. Growing up poor on the family farm, Abe did chores, helped his father cut down trees, and expertly skinned animals and cured hides. As a young man, he became an avid reader. When he witnessed a slave auction while on a flatboat trip down the Mississippi, he was forever changed—and so was the future of America. This is the remarkable story of Lincoln’s youth, early America, and the pioneer life that shaped one of our country’s greatest presidents.

The Wedding Procession of the Rag Doll and the Broom Handle and Who Was in It
ISBN: 0156954877

Voyager. 1978

Taken from Sandburg’s Rootabaga Stories, the Spoon Lickers, Dirty Bibs, Musical Soup Eaters, Easy Ticklers, and others are all dolled up and parading in single file in the wedding procession.

Early Moon (Voyager/HBJ Book)
ISBN: 0156273268

HMH Books for Young Readers. 1978

A selection of Sandburg's poems made for young people. A Voyager Book. 70 line drawings by James Daughetry.

Carl Sandburg at the Movies: A Poet in the Silent Era 1920-1927
ISBN: 0810817381

Scarecrow Press. 1995

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