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Carl Sandburg: A Biography Paperback – 2000


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 843 pages
  • Publisher: Eastern National (2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1888213663
  • ISBN-13: 978-1888213669
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 2.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,824,881 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Penelope Niven is the author of critically acclaimed biographies of poet Carl Sandburg and photographer Edward Steichen. Her books include CARL SANDBURG: A BIOGRAPHY; STEICHEN: A BIOGRAPHY; VOICES AND SILENCES, co-authored with the actor James Earl Jones, and praised as a classic on acting; and SWIMMING LESSONS, a memoir. Her Steichen biography has just been translated into Chinese. CARL SANDBURG: ADVENTURES OF A POET, her biography for children, was awarded an International Reading Association Prize "for exceptionally distinguished literature for children," one of six books honored among publications from 99 countries. She is presently working on a biography of Thornton Wilder, to be published in October 2012 by HarperCollins.

She has been awarded two honorary doctorates, three fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Thornton Wilder Visiting Fellowship at the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Yale University, among other honors. She received the North Carolina Award in Literature, the highest honor the state bestows on an author. During the past twenty years she has lectured across the United States and in Switzerland, Canada and Wales, and has served as an editor for various publications and a consultant for television films on Sandburg, Jones, and Steichen. She has recently retired after twelve years as Writer-in-Residence at Salem College in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

Penelope Niven is the mother of award-winning author Jennifer Niven (THE ICE MASTER; ADA BLACKJACK: A TRUE STORY OF SURVIVAL IN THE ARCTIC; VELVA JEAN LEARNS TO DRIVE; THE AQUA-NET DIARIES; and VELVA JEAN LEARNS TO FLY.)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By David A. Shaver on November 8, 2008
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Carl Sandburg Penelope Niven
Carl Sandburg grew up in our hometown and I live a few blocks from his birthplace. In grade schools children donate pennies for upkeep of the Sandburg Birthplace.

I read this book a few years ago as a library book and it was so good I decided read it again. It is a fascinating account of the life of Carl Sandburg. Including his years at Lombard College, riding boxcars and in Cuba during the Spanish-American War. Some books seem to control your life until you finish them; this is one of those books.

I was drawn to Sandburg through his voluminous biography of Lincoln, which I also could not put down. Sandburg also wrote his own autobiography "Always The Young Strangers." If you have not read it you should read it as well as this one.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. R. Bobo on September 5, 2012
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Bought this for a gift. The recipient LOVED it. And he's a big Sandburg fan. They sell this item at the Carl Sandburg home gift shop.
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I made it to the end, but Niven's writing did not enthrall me. Although the book covers the span of Sandburg's life and documents the various events in his life, I thought much of her writing was matter of fact and dry. 12-2013
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By Dwane L. Starlin on October 16, 2014
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This multiple Pulitzer Prize winner was really something!
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