Born at Galesburg, Ill., Jan. 6, 1878. Educated at Lombard College,
Galesburg. Married Lillian Steichen, of Milwaukee, 1908.
Mr. Sandburg served several years as secretary to the Mayor of Milwaukee,
then went to Chicago where he became associate editor of `System',
leaving this magazine to become an editorial writer
upon the `Chicago Daily News'. He first came into prominence
by a poem on "Chicago" published in `Poetry', of that city,
and was awarded the Levinson Prize for this poem, in 1914.
The following year he published a collection of his verse
under the title of "Chicago Poems", and in 1918 appeared
his second volume, "Corn Huskers". This was one of two volumes to receive
the Columbia University award of $500 for the best book of verse of the year.
Mr. Sandburg belongs to the newer movement in poetry,
using the `vers-libre' forms. He is a writer of rugged power,
interested in the social aspects of modern life, but a poet
who is also sensitive to beauty and a frequent master of the magic phrase.
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