Carl Sandburg

Genres: Folk Spoken Word
Decades: 1990s


6 January 1878, Galesburg, Illinois, USA, d. 22 July 1967. Sandburg has been an author, historian, singer, poet, and folk song collector. He is predominantly remembered for his collection of American folk song and tradition. The son of Swedish immigrant parents, Sandburg left home in 1897, travelling and working in various cities throughout the USA for a year. Enrolling at Lombard College, he became Editor in Chief of the Lombard Review, before leaving in 1902. Sandburg later worked as a reporter in New York for the Daily News, but returned to his native Midwest where he worked for the Social Democratic Party. Still working in journalism, Carl then worked for theDaily Socialist in Chicago, and later, from 1917-27 for the Chicago Daily News. In 1914, Sandburg’s poem ‘Chicago’ received the Helen Haire Levinson prize after appearing in Poetry magazine. Sandburg wrote prolifically and his Pulitzer Prize-winningAbraham Lincoln: The War Years was just...

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