Carl Sandburg: a biography

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C. Scribner's Sons, 1991 - Biography & Autobiography - 843 pages
Granted accesss to more than 50,000 papers in the Sandburg Collection in Connemara, North Carolina, Niven chronicles Sandburg from his birth in 1878 to immigrant parents, through the years when he struggled to find his identity, into his maturity and fame. The first major biography of Carl Sandburg, this is a remarkable portrait of the populist, the journalist, the orator, the biographer of Lincoln, and, ultimately, the best-loved poet of America's heartland. 16 pages of photographs.

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Sandburg's long life (1878-1967) illustrates the great American success story: Emerging from an austere Swedish immigrant background, through work, discipline, clean living, and high thinking he ... Read full review

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This excellent, comprehensive biography holds the reader fascinated despite its length. Based on 14 years' research that embraced more than 50,000 letters and papers and interviews with 150 people ... Read full review


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PENELOPE NIVEN has written biographies of Carl Sandburg, James Earl Jones, and Edward Steichen. She lives in Winston- Salem, North Carolina, where she is the writer-in-residence at Salem College.

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