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One of seven children, he left school at the age of 13 to work and help support his family. He volunteered for military service during the Spanish-American War and afterward, qualified as a veteran for college admission despite his lack of a high school diploma.
At Lombard College in Galesburg, Sandburg began to write poetry and prose, and his first booklets were published by his favorite professor, Philip Green Wright.
Sandburg left college without graduating and worked as a traveling salesman before becoming an organizer and orator for the Social Democratic Party of Wisconsin in At party headquarters, he met Lilian Steichen, younger sister of the painter and photographer Edward Steichen, who was already making a name for himself in New York and Paris.
Sandburg and Lilian Steichen were married inand moved to Chicago inwhere Sandburg went to work as a journalist, sometimes using a pseudonym and writing for business journals and socialist journals and newspapers.
During nearly five decades as a newspaperman, he was a local news reporter, an investigative reporter, a war correspondent, a movie critic, and a nationally syndicated columnist.
Encouraged by his wife, Sandburg kept writing poetry, most of it free verse. His first serious recognition as a poet came in when Harriet Monroe, editor of Poetry: A Magazine of Verse, published several of his poems in her magazine.
In he published the two-volume biography Abraham Lincoln: The four-volume Abraham Lincoln: The War Years, published inwon the Pulitzer Prize in history.
He also published stories and poems for children, an anthology of American folk music, an autobiography of his early years, and a novel, Remembrance Rock He collaborated with Edward Steichen, his brother-in-law, on the text for the landmark photographic exhibition and book, The Family of Man In Septembernearly 6, people gathered at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington for a national memorial tribute to the Poet of the People.
He is the second child and eldest son of Swedish immigrants August and Clara Sandburg. He is baptized Carl August, but in elementary school he asks to be called Charles, or Charlie, thinking it is more American.
He works long hours delivering milk and doing other odd jobs. He works as a laborer on farms and the railroad, and sharpens his interest in labor laws and the plight of working people. He serves as a private in the Spanish-American War; on July 11 Carl and his company board a ship to Guantanamo Bay and they arrive on the 17th.
On the 25th, Carl is involved in battle in Guanica, Puerto Rico, where he is assigned company detail. The armistice ends the war on August 12, and Carl returns to Galesburg on September As a veteran, he enrolls as a special student at Lombard College, even though he is not a high school graduate.
He returns to Lombard College and becomes editor of the college journal and yearbook and captain of the basketball team. His first collection of poetry and prose, In Reckless Ecstasy, is published in as a booklet by Professor Wright. As Charles Sandburg, he is active in the Social Democratic Party of Wisconsin, lecturing and writing against the exploitation of workers and calling for the end of child labor practices.
He nicknames her Paula; she encourages him to reclaim his birth name, Carl. His daughter Margaret is born June 3, His daughter Madeline dies in childbirth in November A Magazine of Verse.
He wins a cash award for best poems of the year and is discovered by publisher Alfred Harcourt.Home Campus Life or [email protected] mySANDBURG gives you access to a wide variety of information and services through a single web interface that you can personalize to meet your needs.
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Carl Sandburg was born in a three-room cottage at East Third Street in Galesburg, Illinois, to Clara Mathilda (née Anderson) and August Sandberg, both of Swedish ancestry. He adopted the nickname "Charles" or "Charlie" in elementary school at about the same time he and his two oldest siblings changed the spelling of their last Occupation: Journalist, author.
Radical Sandburg Carl August Sandburg was born in Galesburg, Illinois on January 6, His parents, August and Clara Johnson, were immigrants from Sweden.
After he encountered many August Johnsons in his job with the railroad, Carl s father decided to rename the family. When Carl Sandburg was in the Eigth grade, he decied to quit school.
Instead he went to work a variety of jobs for a decade. He work from when he was a child all the way up to then. Carl Sandburg (children's poems), edited by Frances S.
Bolin, illustrated by Steve Arcella, Sterling, Poetry for Young People, Sterling, (Author of introduction) Lincoln's Devotional, Applewood, Carl August Sandburg (January 6, – July 22, ) was an American poet, writer, and editor. He won three Pulitzer Prizes: two for his poetry and one for his biography of Abraham Lincoln.