Sandburg, Carl (August)
- Michael Hovland
(b Galesburg, IL, Jan 6, 1878; d Flat Rock, NC, July 22, 1967). American poet. He studied at Lombard College in Galesburg (1898–1902) and then worked on a variety of public journals, including the Chicago Daily News (1930–32); he resigned to devote his full energy to writing and public readings. Besides several volumes of poetry, he wrote one novel, four children’s books, and a variety of other prose works, including a monumental biography of Lincoln. Sandburg is one of the most frequently set 20th-century American poets (with e.e. cummings, Langston Hughes, and Sara Teasdale). Rupert Hughes wrote the earliest known Sandburg settings: “Gone” from Five Homely Songs (1920) and three of the Free Verse Songs (1922). Because composers were generally slow to accept free-verse lyrics as suitable texts for songs and choral works, most of the published settings of Sandburg appeared after ...