Carl Sandburg

Carl Sandburg

1878 - 1967

Sandburg, a native of Illinois, is most famous for his poem "Chicago." Not only did Sandburg win three Pulizer Prizes (for his works The Complete Poems of Carl Sandburg, Corn Huskers, and for his biography of Abraham Lincoln entitled Abraham Lincoln: The War Years), but he also won a Grammy Award for his 1959 recording of Aaron Copland's Lincoln Portraits with the New York Philharmonic.

The recording of "The Hangman at Home," provided in the audio playlist to the right, is made possible through a collaboration with SongFest. The performers are Heather Reithmeier and Matthew Brower, and the performance took place on June 19, 2010 at Pepperdine University.


Sandburg's poetry has been set by many American composers. Sandburg was also a folk singer, and many popular and folk bands have been influenced by his work, including Bob Dylan and Bread and Roses.

Sandburg published one of the first collections of American folk music in 1927. Entitled The American Songbag, it included 280 folk songs, many of them printed for the first time.

Photo Credit: The Carl Sandburg Historic Site Association Web Site (

Songs & Song Collections BY Sandburg (entered to date)

Audio PLaylist