The Eternal Hobo, Carl Sandburg

Carl Sandburg is best known for his poem “Chicago.” After that, historians know him for his six volume biography of Abraham Lincoln. There’s more to Sandburg than these two works. He was a poet for the people, an amateur musicologist with a focus on early American folk songs, a children’s author, and a man about town who influenced everyone from Marilyn Monroe to John F. Kennedy.

Get to know Illinois’ most famous poet by dipping into The Complete Poems of Carl Sandburg or watching PBS’ excellent documentary, The Day Carl Sandburg Died.