Sandburg, Carl

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Sandburg, Carl Gender: M
born on 6 January 1878 at 00:05 (= 12:05 AM )
Place Galesburg, Illinois, 40n57, 90w22
Timezone LMT m90w22 (is local mean time)
Data source
From memory
Rodden Rating A
Collector: Rodden
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_capcol.18.gif 15°51' s_mo.18.gif s_aqucol.18.gif 15°50 Asc.s_libcol.18.gif 13°24'

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Carl Sandburg


American writer, poet and biographer well-known for his famous biography, "Abraham Lincoln: The War Years" in 1939. The following year, Sandburg was awarded a Pulitzer Prize in History for the biography, and the year after that, a Pulitzer Prize for his poetry. He was one of the most visible poets in the U.S., appearing on radio and television. Grounded in a concern for social justice, Sandburg is considered to be an authentic American poet in the same tradition as Walt Whitman.

Sandburg was the son of Swedish immigrants. His father, August, worked as a blacksmith helper for Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad. Even though his hard-working dad toiled and sweated to provide shelter and food for the family, economic hardships were always present. The boy learned to carry a hatred for the injustices embedded in the capitalist economic system felt by laborers like his father.

Hard times meant that Sandburg had to leave school in order to find employment. He tried to learn a trade in hometown of Galesburg, IL, but he lacked the ability and skills. He traveled around the country doing various jobs. He became a soldier during the Spanish American War in 1898. He was a fireman, hobo, and lecturer on the lyceum circuit. He helped to organize the Wisconsin Democratic Party. He went to Lomlard College in Galesburg on a government-supported grant.

In 1907, he met his wife Paula, a school teacher and fellow socialist. In 1912, he moved to Chicago and became a journalist for the Chicago Daily News. In 1915, "Chicago Poems" was published. The following year, Sandburg left the Socialist movement, a dedicated patriot when the U.S. entered WW II. He would later write of the bitter waste of war in his poetry. In the 1920s, he began to review films for the newspaper. He wrote a classic children's book, "Rutabaga Stories."

In 1926, his first book on Abraham Lincoln was published entitled, "Abraham Lincoln: The Prairie Years." In the 1930s, Sandburg worked on his four-volume sequel, "Abraham Lincoln: The War Years," which appeared on the eve of WW II. In 1936, his poetry, "The People, Yes" was published. "Remembrance Rock" was received by his American readers in 1948.

Sandburg's wife, Paula Steichen, was the sister of the photographer Edward Steichen. Paula, a Phi Beta Kappa graduate from Wisconsin University was a school teacher when she met her husband in 1907. She devoted her life to Sandburg, encouraging his poetry and keeping his domestic environment to his liking. Her photographer brother became a friend and collaborator to her husband. Sandburg and his wife had three children and their relationship lasted for 60 years despite his wandering for months away from his home and his friendships with other women. His wife preferred to immerse herself in the domestic details of the house in Flat Rock, North Carolina.

Sandburg died on 7/22/1967 at Flat Rock, North Carolina.

Link to Wikipedia biography


  • has other family relationship with Steichen, Edward (born 27 March 1879). Notes: Brothers-in-law


  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 1939 (Famed biography, Abraham Lincoln: The War Years)
  • Work : Prize 1940 (Pulitzer Prize for history)
  • Work : Prize 1941 (Pulitzer Prize for poetry)

Source Notes

Church of Light quotes his mom, "a little after midnight." AFA, 1/1963, gives same data from his autobiography, "Always the Young Stranger"


  • Personal : Death : Long life more than 80 yrs (Age 89)
  • Vocation : Military : Military service
  • Vocation : Writers : Biographer
  • Vocation : Writers : Poet
  • Vocation : Writers : Textbook/ Non-fiction
  • Notable : Awards : Pulitzer prize (Two)
  • Notable : Famous : Top 5% of Profession
  • Notable : Book Collection : American Book