28 Facts About Carl Sandburg


Carl Sandburg won three Pulitzer Prizes: two for his poetry and one for his biography of Abraham Lincoln.


Carl Sandburg enjoyed "unrivaled appeal as a poet in his day, perhaps because the breadth of his experiences connected him with so many strands of American life".


Carl Sandburg then became a bricklayer and a farm laborer on the wheat plains of Kansas.


Carl Sandburg began his writing career as a journalist for the Chicago Daily News.


Carl Sandburg spent most of his life in Illinois, Wisconsin, and Michigan before moving to North Carolina.


Carl Sandburg returned to Galesburg and entered Lombard College but left without a degree in 1903.


Carl Sandburg then moved to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, to work for a newspaper, and joined the Wisconsin Social Democratic Party, the name by which the Socialist Party of America was known in the state.


Carl Sandburg served as a secretary to Emil Seidel, socialist mayor of Milwaukee from 1910 to 1912.


Carl Sandburg later remarked that Milwaukee was where he got his bearings and that the rest of his life had been "the unrolling of a scene that started up in Wisconsin".


Carl Sandburg met Lilian Steichen at the Milwaukee Social Democratic Party office in 1907, and they married the next year in Milwaukee.


In 1919 Carl Sandburg won a Pulitzer Prize "made possible by a special grant from The Poetry Society" for his collection Cornhuskers.


Carl Sandburg wrote three children's books in Elmhurst: Rootabaga Stories, in 1922, followed by Rootabaga Pigeons, and Potato Face.


Carl Sandburg wrote Abraham Lincoln: The Prairie Years, a two-volume biography, in 1926, The American Songbag, and a book of poems called Good Morning, America in Elmhurst.


The Carl Sandburg house at 331 South York Street in Elmhurst was demolished and the site is a parking lot.


Carl Sandburg won the 1940 Pulitzer Prize for History for the four-volume The War Years, the sequel to his Abraham Lincoln, and a second Poetry Pulitzer in 1951 for Complete Poems.


Carl Sandburg died of natural causes in 1967 and his body was cremated.


Carl Sandburg is remembered by generations of children for his Rootabaga Stories and Rootabaga Pigeons, a series of whimsical, sometimes melancholy stories he originally created for his own daughters.


In 1919, Carl Sandburg was assigned by his editor at the Daily News to do a series of reports on the working classes and tensions among whites and African Americans.


Ultimately, major riots broke out in Chicago too, but much of Carl Sandburg's writing on the issues before the riots caused him to be seen as having a prophetic voice.


Carl Sandburg recorded excerpts from the biography and some of Lincoln's speeches for Caedmon Records in New York City in May 1957.


The books garnered critical praise and attention for Carl Sandburg, including the 1940 Pulitzer Prize for History for the four-volume The War Years.


The site contains the cottage Carl Sandburg was born in, a modern visitor's center, and small garden with a large stone called Remembrance Rock, under which his and his wife's ashes are buried.


Carl Sandburg College is located in Sandburg's birthplace of Galesburg, Illinois, and Fairfax County, Virginia has a Carl Sandburg Middle School.


In total, the RBML owns over 600 cubic feet of Carl Sandburg's papers, including photographs, correspondence, and manuscripts.


In 2011, Carl Sandburg was inducted into the Chicago Literary Hall of Fame.


Carl Sandburg Village was a 1960s urban renewal project in the Near North Side, Chicago.


In 1979, Carl Sandburg Village was converted to condominium ownership.


Carl Sandburg had taught at the University of Michigan for a time.