Essay on Carl Sandburg

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Carl Sandburg

Carl Sandburg

Carl Sandburg was born in Galesburg, Illinois on January 6, 1878. Carl and his family
lived in a three room cottage at 313 East Third Street in Galesburg, Illinois. His
parent's names were August and Clara Anderson Sandburg. Sandburg's nickname was Charlie.
His parents were both Swedish immigrants. His Dad worked for a blacksmith in Chicago.
Sandburg did not have much of an education because he quit school at the age of thirteen.
His favorite subject in school was geography. He started reading in elementary school, and
he liked it too. His favorite stories were mostly detective stories. Some of his favorites
were Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn. He went to Lombard College and there his literary
talents came out. Sandburg was encouraged by Phillip Green Wright, his professor. Sandburg
started writing poetry at Lombard College. Sandburg had a number of jobs and worked almost
his whole life. When he quit college he worked as a day laborer. While traveling as a hobo
in 1897, he contrasted the difference between the rich and the poor. When he was twenty,
he entered the Spanish-American war and was ordered to Puerto Rico. After

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graduation he was a newspaperman in Milwaukee. In 1907 and 1908 he was district organizer
for the social Democratic party. While in Milwaukee he met a woman named Lilian Steichen.
They were married in 1908 until his death on July 22, 1967. Lilian was a school teacher.
During 1910-1912 he was secretary to Milwaukee's socialist mayor. He was editorial writer
for the "Daily News" in 1917. His popularity came out when " Innumerable photographs in
newspapers and magazines and animated images on television and motion picture screens had
made his face as much of a popular icon as Mark Twain's a generation earlier" (Allen 575).
His peak in production was around 1930. In, 1960 he did some campaigning for John F.
Kennedy in North Carolina. Carl and his wife lived in Flat Rock, North Carolina for
twenty-two years. He was cremated in 1967 after his death, and his ashes were buried
underneath Remembrance Rock on October 1, 1967. Remembrance Rock is located in North
Carolina and is a red granite boulder. Ten years later his wife, Lilian Steichen, died and
her ashes were put right beside his. Carl Sandburg mostly wrote poems about life, such as
Chicago.

Sandburg wrote many novels, poems, folk songs, and a biography. His best known work is the
biography of Abraham Lincoln. The biography of Lincoln is six volumes long and

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talks about his life, from birth to death. Sandburg believed in the value of life. It is
said that "Sandburg's early poetry not only tended toward excessively unshaped imitation
of reality but also copied other poets as well" (Byers 461). Chicago is a book that was
published in 1916. "Chicago" is also a poem which is in his book called Chicago.
Cornhuskers, a book, was published in 1918 and has many of Sandburg's great poems. Another
book with great poems is Smoke and Steel, and it was published in 1920. Carruth stated
that "The poetry of Carl Sandburg may have been dressed only in blue jeans, but it went
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