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Author photo. Carl Sandburg (1878-1967)<br>
Photograph by New York World-Telegram & Sun <br>staff photographer, Al. Ravenna, 1955
<br>(Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division)

Carl Sandburg (1878-1967)
Photograph by New York World-Telegram & Sun
staff photographer, Al. Ravenna, 1955
(Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division)

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The son of Swedish immigrants, Sandburg was born in Galesburg, Illinois. At age 13 he left school to roam the Midwest; he remained on the road for six years, working as a day laborer. Sandburg served in the Spanish-American War and then, from 1898 to 1902, attended Lombard College in Galesburg. After college, he went to Milwaukee, where he worked as a journalist; he also married Lillian Steichen there in 1908. During World War I, he served as a foreign correspondent in Stockholm; after the war he returned to Chicago and continued to write about America, especially the common people. Sandburg's first poems to gain wide recognition appeared in Poetry magazine in 1914. Two years later he published his Chicago Poems (1916), and Cornhuskers appeared in 1918. Meanwhile, Sandburg set out to become an authority on Abraham Lincoln (see Vol. 3). His exhaustive biography of the president, which took many years to complete, appeared as Abraham Lincoln: The Prairie Years (2 vols., 1926) and Abraham Lincoln: The War Years (4 vols., 1939), which won a Pulitzer Prize. Sandburg's poetry is untraditional in form. Drawing on Whitman as well as the imagists, its rhymeless and unmetered cadences reflect Midwestern speech, and its diction ranges from strong rhetoric to easygoing slang. Although he often wrote about the uncouth, the muscular, and the primitive, there was a pity and loving kindness that was a primary motive for his poetry. At Sandburg's death, Mark Van Doren, Archibald MacLeish, and President Lyndon Johnson delivered eulogies. In his tribute, President Johnson said that "Carl Sandburg was more than the voice of America, more than the poet of its strength and genius. He was America. . . . He gave us the truest and most enduring vision of our own greatness." The N.Y. Times described Sandburg as "poet, newspaper man, historian, wandering minstrel, collector of folk songs, spinner of tales for children, [whose] place in American letters is not easily categorized. But it is a niche that he has made uniquely his own." Sandburg was the labor laureate of the United States. Sandburg received the Pulitzer Prize for poetry in 1951 for his Complete Poems (1950). Among his many other awards were the gold medal for history and biography (1952) from the American Academy of Arts and Letters; the Poetry Society of America's gold medal (1953) for distinguished achievement; and the Boston Arts Festival Award (1955) in recognition of "continuous meritorious contribution to the art of American poetry." In 1959 he traveled under the auspices of the Department of State to the U.S. Trade Fair in Moscow, and to Stockholm, Paris, and London. In 1960 he received a citation from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce as a great living American for the "significant and lasting contribution which he has made to American literature." (Bowker Author Biography)
— biography from Poetry for Young People: Carl Sandburg
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Chicago Poems 548 copies, 8 reviews
Rootabaga Stories 388 copies, 9 reviews
Harvest Poems: 1910-1960 322 copies, 2 reviews
Honey and Salt 278 copies, 1 review
Storm Over the Land 188 copies, 1 review
The American Songbag 179 copies, 1 review
Selected Poems 179 copies, 1 review
Rootabaga Stories: Part One 175 copies, 4 reviews
Selected Poems 162 copies, 3 reviews
Selected Poems of Carl Sandburg 151 copies, 2 reviews
Remembrance Rock 132 copies, 4 reviews
The People, Yes 128 copies, 1 review
Rootabaga Stories: Part Two 127 copies, 4 reviews
Always the Young Strangers 123 copies, 4 reviews
More Rootabaga Stories 103 copies, 3 reviews
Abraham Lincoln 100 copies
Wind Song 96 copies
Prairie-Town Boy 92 copies, 1 review
Carl Sandburg: Selected Poems 77 copies, 1 review
The American Mercury Reader (Contributor) 71 copies
Cornhuskers 62 copies
Early Moon 54 copies, 1 review
Mary Lincoln: Wife and Widow 52 copies, 2 reviews
Grassroots 50 copies, 1 review
Breathing Tokens (Author) 28 copies
Poetry for Kids: Carl Sandburg 26 copies, 2 reviews
Arithmetic 26 copies, 3 reviews
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Baseball: A Literary Anthology (Contributor) 305 copies, 4 reviews
Only in America (Foreword, some editions) 214 copies, 4 reviews
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Literary history of the United States (Contributor) 175 copies
This Is My Best (Contributor) 164 copies
American Religious Poems: An Anthology (Contributor) 142 copies, 1 review
Abraham Lincoln: His Speeches and Writings (Preface) 141 copies, 1 review
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American Indian Poetry (Translator) 113 copies, 1 review
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Twentieth Century American Poetry (Contributor) 85 copies, 2 reviews
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American Poetry, 1922 A Miscellany (Contributor) 19 copies, 2 reviews
We, Robots (Contributor) 13 copies
They Knew Lincoln (Introduction, some editions) 13 copies
Treasure Gold (Contributor) 9 copies
Writing books for boys and girls (Contributor, some editions) 5 copies
The Analog Sea Review: Number Two (Contributor) 4 copies

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