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.
After encountering several August Johnsons in his job for the railroad, the Sandburg's father renamed the family. The Sandburgs were very poor; Carl left school at the age of thirteen to work odd jobs, from laying bricks to dishwashing, to help support his family.
At seventeen, he traveled west to Kansas as a hobo. He then served eight months in Puerto Rico during the Spanish-American war. While serving, Sandburg met a student at Lombard College, the small school located in Sandburg's hometown. The young man convinced Sandburg to enroll in Lombard after his return from the war.
Sandburg worked his way through school, where he attracted the attention of Professor Philip Green Wright, who not only encouraged Sandburg's writing, but paid for the publication of his first volume of poetry, a pamphlet called Reckless Ecstasy While Sandburg attended Lombard for four years, he never received a diploma he would later receive honorary degrees from Lombard, Knox College, and Northwestern University.
After college, Sandburg moved to Milwaukee, where he worked as an advertising writer and a newspaper reporter.
While there, he met and married Lillian Steichen whom he called Paulasister of the photographer Edward Steichen. A Socialist sympathizer at that point in his life, Sandburg then worked for the Social-Democrat Party in Wisconsin and later acted as secretary to the first Socialist mayor of Milwaukee from to Harriet Monroe had just started Poetry: A Magazine of Verse, and began publishing Sandburg's poems, encouraging him to continue writing in the free-verse, Whitman-like style he had cultivated in college.
Monroe liked the poems' homely speech, which distinguished Sandburg from his predecessors. He established his reputation with Chicago Poemsand then Cornhuskersfor which he received the Pulitzer Prize in Soon after the publication of these volumes Sandburg wrote Smoke and Steelhis first prolonged attempt to find beauty in modern industrialism.
With these three volumes, Sandburg became known for his free verse poems that portrayed industrial America.
In the twenties, he started some of his most ambitious projects, including his study of Abraham Lincoln. From childhood, Sandburg loved and admired the legacy of President Lincoln. For thirty years he sought out and collected material, and gradually began the writing of the six-volume definitive biography of the former president.
These later volumes contained pieces collected from brief tours across America which Sandburg took each year, playing his banjo or guitar, singing folk-songs, and reciting poems.
The War Yearsfor which he was awarded the Pulitzer Prize. He received a second Pulitzer Prize for his Complete Poems in His final volumes of verse were Harvest Poems, and Honey and Salt Carl Sandburg died on July 22, Carl Sandburg was a famous multiple Pulitzer Prize winner writer and poet.
Read more about the life and the works of this prolific writer in the following benjaminpohle.com: Lilian Steichen. Carl Sandburg - Poet - Carl Sandburg was awarded three Pulitzer Prizes in his lifetime—the first in for his poetry collection Corn Huskers, the second in for his biography Abraham Lincoln: The War Years, and the third in for Complete Poems.
Carl Sandburg Poetry, Why, Go, Away, Go Away, Telling Under the summer roses When the flagrant crimson Lurks in the dusk Of the wild red leaves, Love, with little hands, Comes and touches you With a thousand memories, And asks you Beautiful, unanswerable questions.
Carl Sandburg - Poet - Carl Sandburg was awarded three Pulitzer Prizes in his lifetime—the first in for his poetry collection Corn Huskers, the second in for his biography Abraham Lincoln: The War Years, and the third in for Complete Poems.
Nov 02, · Carl Sandburg wrote a great deal of poetry throughout his busy life and was also well known as a collector of American folk songs. He wrote a biography of Abraham Lincoln that is still a popular read benjaminpohle.coms: 2. The life and times of Carl Sandburg as told by Sandburg biographer, Penelope Niven.