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Thursday, May 26, 2011

Carl Sandburg - Famous Author

Carl Sandburg - 1878-1967

“I am an idealist. I don't know where I'm going but I'm on my way.”--Carl Sandburg

Winner of 3 Pulitzer Prizes, two for poetry, one for the biography of Abraham Lincoln, Carl Sandburg was born on January 6, 1878 to August and Clara Johnson, who had immigrated to America from Sweden. His father worked on the railroad and discovered his surname so common, he changed it to Sandburg.

At age 13, Carl was forced to quit school and go to work to help support his family. He held a variety of jobs from driving a milk truck and laying bricks to dishwashing.

At  17, Sandburg joined the military and was stationed in Puerto Rico during the Spanish-American War. He served in the infantry. While in the military he made a friend who helped him enroll in Lombard College where he went for 4 years and never got a degree.

Sandburg went on to Milwaukee and became an advertising writer and newspaper reporter. In 1908 he married Lilian Steichen and moved to Chicago, becoming an editorial writer for the Chicago Daily News.

For 30 years, Sandburg collected material on Abraham Lincoln. In 1926, he published the first volume of the biography, "Abraham Lincoln: The Prairie Years." He continued his works and in 1932 published, "Mary Lincoln: Wife and Widow." In 1936 he published, "The People, Yes." The second part of the Lincoln biography, "Abraham Lincoln: The War Years," was published in 1939, and won Sandburg his firt Pulitzer Prize.

Sandburg and his wife had 3 daughters. He died July 22, 1927.

Writing Tip:

Never assume. Check your facts. If you present something as a fact, make sure it is true, or else qualify it, e.g., "It seems likely that," etc.

Writing Quote:

“Life is like an onion: you peel it off one layer at a time, and sometimes you weep”--Carl Sandburg

Now go write something.

See you in print,

Linda Della Donna

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