Knox Librarian Interviewed on Sandburg

From: Humanities (National Endowment for the Humanities, Washington, DC)

American poetry has seldom promised a path to fame and fortune. One lively exception was the work of Carl Sandburg, who achieved a celebrity before his death in 1967 that seemed more typical of a Hollywood screen legend or a Hall of Fame athlete… But since his death, Sandburg’s stock has fallen… Along with frequent striving to please the popular culture’s broad middle, a more radical strain of thought provided an alternating impulse in Sandburg’s poetry, sometimes giving his poetry an edge that pushed prevailing social conventions…

“Sandburg has to be viewed as a political writer, someone who was very much concerned with politics and social issues,” said Jeffrey A. Douglas, director of the Henry M. Seymour Library at Knox College, where some items from Sandburg’s literary career are archived… Read more…