Carl sandburg's abraham lincoln: the prairie years and the war years is, for better or worse, the best-selling, most widely read, and most influential book but barton nevertheless thought it was real literature and a delightful and important contribution to the ever-lengthening shelf of really good books about lincoln. An american poet, anthologist, singer of folk songs and ballads, and biographer, carl sandburg (1878-1967) is best known for his magnificent biography of abraham lincoln and his early realistic honey and salt (1963), a remarkable achievement for a part-time poet in his 80s, contains much of sandburg's best poetry. Carl sandburg: america's first folk singer by ross altman, phd the american songbag 3 “carl songbird's american sandbag” woody had he not gone on to become lincoln's major biographer and then a major american poet his contributions as a folk song collector and performer would have. Carl sandburg, (born jan 6, 1878, galesburg, ill, us—died july 22, 1967, flat rock, nc), american poet, historian, novelist, and folklorist from the age of 11, sandburg worked in various occupations—as a barbershop porter, a milk truck driver, a brickyard hand, and a harvester in the kansas wheat fields when the. Carl sandburg the polar opposite of robinson, carl sandburg (1878-1967) played the part of the simple workman, down to the cloth cap he often wore nevetheless, he the few lines are brief when sandburg comes to the end of a phrase he ends his line, and each line ends on an important word the power of the.
His thirst for travel and adventure, supported by a railroad pass borrowed from his father, led in 1896 to his first significant journey, a trip to chicago, the city he later covered as a reporter and celebrated as a poet in 1897 sandburg became one of thousands of american hoboes stowing away atop and inside railroad. If we look back at henry james's ironic and affectionate portrait of the american, we find a hero surprisingly like carl sandburg: a restless man who covered a great deal of ground, had few personal aversions, was fond of statistics, and eyed the world steadily but without sophistication as long as americans maintain their. Product description the day carl sandburg died tells the panoramic story of sandburgs life, his work and the enduring legacy of his ideas it includes his contributions in poetry, history, journalism, music childrens literature as well as delving into the complex social and political events that shaped his life and his work.
American masters the day carl sandburg died premieres nationally monday, september 24 at 10 pm (et) on pbs (check local listings) to commemorate the 45th anniversary of his death carl sandburg biography & timeline by penelope niven, author of carl sandburg: a biography and carl. Quotes there are some people who can receive a truth by no other way than to have their understanding shocked and insulted in reckless ecstasy ( 1904) yesterday is done tomorrow never comes today is here if you don't know what to do, sit still and listen you may hear something nobody knows we may pull.
Up to now, there has been no major biography covering his whole life that includes generous quotations from his books and poems this makes penelope niven's admiring carl sandburg all the more welcome it's a diligent, carefully researched biography replete with little-known details and digressions. The day carl sandburg died, a recent public television documentary, argues for sandburg's abiding relevance in american culture allowing sandburg to gain not only a wife, but a prominent brother-in-law in edward steichen, a groundbreaking photographer who would become an important confidant and collaborator. The carl sandburg house is a tangible physical connection to sandburg's importance as a writer to chicago's change as he described the growing chasm between wealthy americans and impoverished immigrants played a significant role in the development of poetry and prose during the first two decades of the 20th.
Carl august sandburg (january 6, 1878 – july 22, 1967) was a swedish- american poet, writer, and editor he won three pulitzer prizes: two for his poetry and one for his biography of abraham lincoln during his lifetime, sandburg was widely regarded as a major figure in contemporary literature, especially for volumes of. Perhaps because sandburg wrote so much, it is difficult to determine which works represent the most important contributions to american literature sandburg's parents were swedish immigrants who did not know how to read and write he did not come from a literary background, and yet he became well known rather. Galesburg, illinois died: july 22, 1967 flat rock, north carolina american poet, biographer, and singer an american poet, singer of folk songs and ballads, and biographer, carl sandburg is best known for his biography of abraham lincoln ( 1809–1865) carl sandburg and his early verse celebrations of chicago, illinois.
American poet carl sandburg chronicles the american civil war, describing campaigns, generals, the politics behind battle lines, patriotism, and related topics adapted from sandburg's four-volume biography of abraham lincoln. His first books of poetry were published in galesburg the small frame home, architecturally significant as a “workingman's cottage,” contains three rooms— parlor, bedroom, and kitchen carl sandburg was born here january 6, 1878 several original family items are on display, along with other simple, utilitarian furnishings. H l mencken called carl sandburg indubitably an american in every pulse- beat, and he is one of the most indubitably american poets of the early during these years, however, sandburg devoted a great deal of his time to composing his massive, six-volume biography of abraham lincoln that would.