About the Author
Carl Sandburg (1878-1967), the son of Swedish immigrant parents, was born in Galesburg, Illinois. Until he was thirty-six he was virtually unknown to the literary world, but in 1914 a group of his poems appeared in Poetry magazine, and the following year, with the publication of Chicago Poems, he embarked on a literary career that brought him international fame as a poet, novelist, biographer, historian, journalist, and musician.
The author of more than forty books, Sandburg twice won the Pulitzer Prize: for history, with his four-volume Abraham Lincoln: The War Years, and for poetry, with Complete Poems. Among the many literary awards he received were the American Academy of Arts and Letters Gold Medal, the Poetry Society of America's gold medal, and the Boston Arts Festival Award.