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Selected Poetry of Carl Sandburg (1878-1967)


from Representative Poetry On-line
Prepared by members of the Department of English at the University of Toronto
from 1912 to the present and published by the University of Toronto Press from 1912 to 1967.
RPO Edited by Ian Lancashire
A UTEL (University of Toronto English Library) Edition
Published by the Web Development Group, Information Technology Services, University of Toronto Libraries
© 2003, Ian Lancashire for the Department of English, University of Toronto

Index to poems

The fog comes
on little cat feet.
        (Fog, 1-2)
  1. Bronzes
  2. Chicago
  3. Choose
  4. Death Snips Proud Men
  5. Fog
  6. Government
  7. Grass
  8. Harrison Street Court
  9. I am the People, the Mob
  10. Jack
  11. Languages
  12. Manitoba Childe Roland
  13. Ready to Kill
  14. Theme in Yellow
  15. They Will Say


Notes on Life and Works

Carl Sandburg's parents were Swedish immigrants who settled in Galesburg, Illinois, where he was born. After a time of manual labour, Sandburg spent four years (without obtaining a degree) at its Lombard College and went on to a career in journalism in Chicago as associate editor of System and editorial writer for the Daily News. He published eight volumes of poems--his Chicago poems quickly made him a popular bard in the tradition of Walt Whitman--and many children's stories, but his major achievement is the classic six-volume biography of Abraham Lincoln (1926, 1939). He was made a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences for this work and won the Pulitzer Prize for the biography in 1940. He married Lillian Steichen, sister of photographer Edward Steichen, and settled down in Harbert, Michigan. Their love letters are edited by Margaret Sandburg (Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1987; PS 3537 A618 Z875 Robarts Library); and Herbert Mitgang made a more general selection in 1968 (PS 3537 A618Z53 Robarts Library). The standard edition of his collected poems came out in 1970 from Harcourt, Brace (PS 3537 A618 1970 Robarts Library). Penelope Niven has written his biography (New York: Scribner's, 1991; PS 3537 A618 Z785 Robarts Library).

Biographical information

Given name: Carl
Family name: Sandburg
Birth date: 1878
Death date: 1967