Carl Sandburg, 1961 by William Arthur Smith, Oil on canvas

Carl August Sandburg (1878-1967) was an American poet, journalist and novelist. His family was poor. He left school after 8th grade and held a series of "blue collar" jobs as a youth, "traveled the rails" as a hobo, and worked his way through college (Lombard College), although he never completed a degree. A respect for many different kinds of work is reflected in his writing. Mr. Sandburg won three Pulitzer Prizes -- 2 for his poetry and one for one of his books on Abraham Lincoln (history category). His works on Abraham Lincoln are core to readers who wish to know more about this U. S. president.


"All my life I have been trying to learn to read, to see and hear, and to write." -Carl Sandburg [1]


One of his famous, short and easy to quote poems is "Fog"

The fog comes
on little cat feet.
It sits looking
over harbor and city
on silent haunches
and then moves on.





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