Carl Sandburg

Carl Sandburg (1878-1967) was born in Illinois. As he grew into an adult, he worked many odd jobs before he entered the Spanish-American War as an Infantryman. By 1913, he was living in Chicago, writing for the Chicago Daily News. His first book of poetry was published shortly afterward.

Sandburg wrote free verse poems of varying lengths for varying audiences. Sandburg won three Pulitzer Prizes in his lifetime. Two were for poems, and the third was for a historical work about Abraham Lincoln. His works are sometimes humorous, often beautiful, and always thought-provoking.

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Portrait credits: By Al Ravenna, World Telegram staff photographer – Library of Congress. New York World-Telegram & Sun Collection., Public Domain,

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