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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 --
-- Website --
-- 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.

Published Works

    Originally published under the name: Charles Sandburg
  • In Reckless Ecstasy, 1904
  • Incidentals, 1904
  • Plaint of a Rose, 1908
  • Joseffy, 1910
  • You and Your Job, 1910Published under the name: Carl Sandburg
  • Chicago Poems, 1916
  • Cornhuskers, 1918
  • Chicago Race Riots, 1919
  • Clarence Darrow of Chicago, 1919
  • Smoke and Steel, 1920
  • Rootabaga Stories, 1922
  • Slabs of the Sunburnt West, 1922
  • Rootabaga Pigeons, 1923
  • Selected Poems, 1926
  • Abraham Lincoln: The Prairie Years, 1926
  • The American Songbag, 1927
  • Songs of America, 1927
  • Abe Lincoln Grows Up, 1928
  • Good Morning, America, 1928
  • Steichen the Photographer, 1929
  • Early Moon, 1930
  • Potato Face, 1930
  • Mary Lincoln: Wife and Widow, 1932
  • The People, Yes, 1936
  • Abraham Lincoln: The War Years, Harcourt, 1939
  • Storm over the Land, 1942
  • Home Front Memo, 1943
  • Remembrance Rock, 1948
  • Lincoln Collector: The Story of the Oliver R. Barrett Lincoln Collection, 1949
  • The New American Songbag, 1950
  • Complete Poems, 1950
  • The Wedding Procession of the Rag Doll and the Broom Handle and Who Was In It, 1950
  • Always the Young Strangers, 1953
  • Prairie-Town Boy, 1955
  • Sandburg Range, 1957
  • Harvest Poems, 1910-1960, Harvest Books, 1960
  • Wind Song, 1960
  • Carl Sandburg at Gettysburg, 1961
  • Honey and Salt, Harvest Books, 1963
  • Chicago Race Riots, Revised Edition, Harcourt, 1969
  • Abe Lincoln Grows Up, Voyager Books, 1975
  • Early Moon, Harvest Books, 1978
  • The People, Yes, Harvest Books, 1990
  • Billy Sunday and Other Poems, Harcourt, 1993
  • Ever the Winds of Chance, University of Illinois Press, 1999
  • Sandburg Range, Harvest Books, 2000
  • The Family of Man, The Museum of Modern Art, 2002
  • More Rootabaga Stories, Harcourt Young Classics, 2003
  • Complete Poems, Harcourt, 2003
  • Smoke and Steel, Kessinger Publishing, 2004
  • The Huckabuck Family: How They Raised Popcorn in Nebraska and Quit and Came Back, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2004
  • Breathing Tokens, Eastern National Park and Monument Assoc., 2005
  • Slabs of the Sunburnt West, Kessinger Publishing, LLC, 2007
  • Poetry for Young People, Sterling, 2008

Selected Titles At Your Library

Rootabaga stories /
ISBN: 1436607442. OCLC Number:

Kessinger,. [Whitefish, MT] :. [2009?]

Forty-nine whimsical and humorous tales introduce such characters as the Potato Face Blind Man, Henry Hagglyhoagly, the Green Rat, the Blue Wind Boy, and many others.

Harvest poems, 1910-1960 /
ISBN: 0156391252. OCLC Number:

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"A representative selection of poems, culled from the Pulitzer Prize-winning poet's published verse." --

Honey and salt /
ISBN: 0156421658. OCLC Number:

Harcourt, Brace & Co.,. San Diego :. 1991.

A collection of 77 lyrical poems testifying to man's courage, frailty, and tenderness.

Abe Lincoln grows up /
ISBN: 0156026155. OCLC Number:

Harcourt Brace Jovanovich,. New York :. 1975, ©1928.

The story of Lincoln's boyhood, taken from the first part of "Abraham Lincoln: The Prairie Years."

The wedding procession of the rag doll and the broom handle and who was in it /
ISBN: 0156954877. OCLC Number:

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The rag doll and the broom handle marry and have a grand wedding procession that includes the Easy Ticklers, the Chubby Chubbs, and the Sleepyheads.

Early moon ;
ISBN: 0156273268. OCLC Number:

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A collection of approximately seventy poems by Sandburg, with an introductory "short talk on poetry."

Carl Sandburg at the movies :
ISBN: 0810817381. OCLC Number:

Scarecrow Press,. Metuchen, N.J. ;. 1985.

The American songbag /
ISBN: 015605650X. OCLC Number:

Harcourt Brace Jovanovich,. San Diego :. 1990.

Two hundred and eighty songs and ballads trace the growth of America.

The people, yes.
ISBN: 0156716658. OCLC Number:

Harcourt, Brace & World. New York,. [©1964]

A book of free verse expressing the voice of the people.

Prairie-town boy /
ISBN: 0152633324. OCLC Number:

Harcourt Brace Jovanovich,. San Diego :. [1990], ©1955.

An autobiographical account of the author's boyhood in the Midwest.

Remembrance Rock /
ISBN: 0156763907. OCLC Number:

Harcourt Brace Jovanovich,. San Diego :. 1991.

Portrays the hardships, successes, dreams, and loves of the men and women who struggled to realize the American dream from Colonial times to now.

Always the young strangers /
ISBN: 0156047659. OCLC Number:

Harcourt Brace Jovanovich,. San Diego :. 1991.

Carl Sandburg recalls his childhood in Galesburg, Illinois.

Billy Sunday and other poems /
ISBN: 0151621306. OCLC Number:

Harcourt Brace & Co.,. San Diego :. ©1993.

Previously unpublished, uncollected, and unexpurgated poems by the Pulitzer Prize-winning poet portray a variety of duplicitous characters, illustrate the folly of war, and ruminate on the dream of love.

Mary Lincoln, wife and widow /
ISBN: 1557092486. OCLC Number:

Applewood Books,. Bedford, Mass. :. [1995]

A reprint of Carl Sandburg's 1932 biography of Mary Todd Lincoln, which discusses such subjects as her childhood in Kentucky, her relationship with Abraham Lincoln, her depression and mental illness after the death of her son Tad, and her institutionalization by her son Robert.

Poems for children :
ISBN: 0679989900. OCLC Number:

Alfred A. Knopf,. New York :. ©1999.

A collection of previously unpublished poems by the well-known American poet, Carl Sandburg, about such familiar objects and ideas as the moon, manners, eyes, necks, pencils, and clouds.

Ever the winds of chance /
ISBN: 0252068483. OCLC Number:

University of Illinois Press,. Urbana :. 1999.

Sandburg range.
ISBN: 0156014084. OCLC Number:

Mariner Books,. [Place of publication not identified] :. 2001.

The movies are :
ISBN: 1893121054. OCLC Number:

Lake Claremont Press,. Chicago, Ill. :. 2000.

Rootabaga pigeons /
ISBN: 1557095094. OCLC Number:

Applewood Books,. Bedford, Mass. :. [2000?]

The Family of man :
ISBN: 0870703412. OCLC Number:

The Museum :. New York, N.Y. :. 1983, ©1955.

Hailed as the most successful exhibition of photography ever assembled, The Family of Man opened at The Museum of Modern Art in January 1955. It was groundbreaking in its scope--503 images by 273 photographers originating in 69 countries--as well as in the numbers of people who experienced it on its tour through 88 venues in 37 countries. As the permanent embodiment of Edward Steichen's monumental exhibition, this publication reproduces all of the 503 images that Steichen described as "a mirror of the essential oneness of mankind throughout the world. Photographs made in all parts of the world, of the gamut of life from birth to death."

Sandburg out loud.
ISBN: 087483676X. OCLC Number:

August House Publishers,. Little Rock, AR :. ©2002.

Collection of Carl Sandburg's Rootabaga Stories, poetry, and folksongs taken from: The Complete poems of Carl Sandburg; Rootabaga stories, part one; and The American songbag.

Abraham Lincoln;
ISBN: 0156027526. OCLC Number:

Harcourt Brace Jovanovich. New York,. [1974, ©1966]

Brings to life the young country lawyer as well as the president who became the central figure in the wildest storm that ever shook the American Republic.

Rootabaga stories /
ISBN: 015204714X. OCLC Number:

An Odyssey/Harcourt Young Classic,. Orlando, Fla. :. 2003.

A selection of tales from Rootabaga Country peopled with such characters as the Potato Face Blind Man, the Blue Wind Boy, and many others.

More Rootabaga stories /
ISBN: 0152047131. OCLC Number:

Harcourt,. Orlando, Fla. :. 2003.

A selection of tales from Rootabaga Country peopled with such characters as the Huckabuck Family, Big Buff Banty Hen, Dippy the Wisp, and many others.

The complete poems of Carl Sandburg /
ISBN: 0151009961. OCLC Number:

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"The original edition, published in 1950, won the Pulitzer Prize for poetry. This new, revised and expanded, edition contains, in addition to the introduction, an index of titles, an index of first lines, and 113 poems not included in the earlier volume."--Jacket.

Smoke and steel /
ISBN: 0766199444. OCLC Number:

Kessinger Publishing,. [Whitefish, Mont.] :. [2004]

The Huckabuck family and how they raised popcorn in Nebraska and quit and came back /
ISBN: 0374434492. OCLC Number:

Farrar Strauss Giroux,. New York :. 1999.

After the popcorn the Huckabucks had raised explodes in a fire and Pony Pony Huckabuck finds a silver buckle inside a squash, the family decides it is time for a change.

Cornhuskers /
ISBN: 1419114085. OCLC Number:

Kessinger Publishing,. [United States] :. [2004?]

Breathing tokens :
ISBN: 1590910389. OCLC Number:

Harcourt Brace Jovanovich,. New York :. c 2005, 1978.

Chicago poems /
ISBN: 1420931091. OCLC Number: Books,. Stillwell, KS :. ©2008

Carl Sandburg /
ISBN: 140275471X. OCLC Number:

Sterling Pub. Co.,. New York :. 2008.

Presents a collection of poems by the beloved American author who, as a young man, travelled across the Midwest as a hobo. The surrealistic illustrations, which appear to be rendered in pastels, are appealing; the soft edges and warm tones work well with Sandburg's imaginary. The full-color illustrations are nothing short of breathtaking. Displays the range of everyday topics in which Sandburg found beauty, humor, or pathos. Unfamiliar words are helpfully defined in footnotes, and an introductory biographical essay establishes a context for the poems. Arcella makes a grand debut; his intensely colored sculptural forms, carved from dramatic shadows, have a distinctly '30s look to them.



  • Pulitzer Prize for Poetry, 1919
  • Abraham Lincoln