Carl August Sandburg

January 6, 1878- July22, 1967
Galesburg Illinois

Carl August Sandburg was the son of Swedish immigrants. Carl quit school following his graduation of eighth grade in 1891.Carl worked various jobs such as delivering milk, harvesting ice, laying bricks, threshing wheat in Kansas, and shining shoes in Galesburg's Union Hotel before traveling as a hobo in 1897. Traveling as a hobo he had a first hand experience between the rich and the poor. When the Spanish American war broke out Carl volunteered his service. After he came back from the war he went to Lombard College. Carl's college years shaped his literary talent and career.

In 1914 a group of Carl's poems appeared in the nationally circulated Poetry magazine.Two years, after this event his book Chicago Poems was published, and thirty-eight-year-old Carl found himself on the brink of a career that would bring him international acclaim. Carl Sandburg wrote many books, poems, a few novels,folk songs,and a few biographies.He was a very talented writer. His writing won him two Pulitzer Prizes.


- Carl August Sandburg

The fog comes
on little cat feet.

It sits looking
over harbor and city
on silent haunches
and then moves on.