Friday, October 26, 2007

Carl Sandburg Home: Connemara

The Carl Sandburg Home: Connemara. By Galen Reuther. Arcadia Publishing, 2006.
Please order via the publisher's website at: http://www.arcadiapublishing.com/

From the Publisher's Website:

"The story of North Carolina’s Carl Sandburg Home, “Connemara,” began in the early 19th century when Christopher Gustavus Memminger, noted lawyer and first secretary of the Confederate treasury, built “Rock Hill” as his summer home. After Memminger’s death, the property was owned by William Gregg Jr., son of textile giant William Gregg, and later by Ellison Adger Smyth, dean of the Southern textile industry, who renamed it Connemara. Pulitzer Prize–winning author Carl Sandburg and his family purchased the property in 1945 and then lived there for 22 years. Connemara is a National Historic Site run by the National Park Service. It welcomes over 100,000 guests per year to tour, learn, and enjoy the house, barns, and hiking trails."

Selected Poems -- New Edition

Carl Sandburg: Selected Poems. Edited by Paul Berman. Library of America, 2006. (Part of the American Poets Project.) [Order from Amazon.com / Library of America].

From the Publisher's Website:

"With the publication of Chicago Poems in 1916, Carl Sandburg became one of the most famous poets in America: the voice of a midwestern literary revolt, fusing free-verse poetics with hard-edged journalistic observation and energetic, sometimes raucous protest. By the time his first book appeared, Sandburg had been many things—a farm hand, a soldier in the Spanish-American War, an active Socialist, a newspaper reporter and movie reviewer—and he was determined to write poetry that would explode the genteel conventions of contemporary verse. His poems are populated by factory workers, washerwomen, crooked politicians, hobos, vaudeville dancers, and battle-scarred radicals. Writing from the bottom up, bringing to his poetry the immediacy of America’s streets and prairies, factories and jails, Sandburg forged a distinctive style at once lyrical and vernacular, by turns angry, gritty, funny, and tender. Paul Berman takes a fresh look at Sandburg’s work and what it can tell us about 20th-century America in a volume that draws on such volumes as Cornhuskers, Smoke and Steel, and Slabs of the Sunburnt West."

Thursday, October 25, 2007

The Poet & the Sailor

The Poet & the Sailor: The Story of My Friendship with Carl Sandburg. Edited by Richard Dodson. University of Illinois Press, 2007. Foreword by Penelope Niven.
[Order from Amazon.com / University of Illinois Press].

From the Publisher's Website:

"Carl Sandburg first encountered Kenneth Dodson through a letter written at sea during World War II. Though Dodson wrote the letter to his wife, Letha, Sandburg read it in tears and said, 'I've got to meet this man.' Composed primarily of their correspondence that continued until Sandburg's death in 1967, The Poet and the Sailor is a chronicle of the forging of a deep friendship between the two men. Ranging over anything they found important, from writing and politics to health, humor, and home improvement plans, the letters are packed full of colorful description and period details. Arranged by Richard Dodson and accompanied by a foreword from Sandburg's noted biographer, Penelope Niven, the intimate letters also contain gripping wartime accounts from the Pacific theater, details about Hollywood moviemaking, and the struggles and triumphs of writing Remembrance Rock and Away All Boats."

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Welcome to the Sandburg Blog

The Carl Sandburg Research Website will be using this blog feature to highlight important publications and news items related to Carl Sandburg and his work. If you have an interesting item to share, please email the webmaster at roberts@carlsandburg.net.

Best wishes,
Ryan