Rare Book & Manuscript Library Inventory Number 014-029-012 Subcollection Asheville Though Carl’s love poems were not published during his lifetime, and they aren’t generally known—even today—here are some lines from one of them: Woman of a million names and a thousand faces, . Meanwhile, Edward was energized by his adventures in Europe. If we can only assure ourselves leisure for this—you will arrive. It is interesting to read of Lilian’s influence on Carl’s writing. Sandburg, Carl (6 Jan. 1878-22 July 1967), poet, writer, and folk musician, was born Carl August Sandburg in Galesburg, Illinois, the son of August Sandburg, a railroad blacksmith's helper, and Clara Mathilda Anderson. In a letter dated February 15, 1908, Lilian, the pragmatist, expressed her feelings about Carl’s interest in poetry, and her condescending comments must have been rather unsettling for him. . . That same year his photograph titled “The Black Vase” became the first photograph to be placed in a national collection of art. Charles and Lilian decided to marry. On April 30, 1908, four months after they met, he wrote to her: The Soul of You, all that Sea of Surging Thought and Tinted Dreams that is you, all the sky of love and earth of beauty in you, I know from your letters. On December 29, 1907, Carl Sandburg, then calling himself Charles, checked in at 344 N. Sixth Street in Milwaukee to report for work as an organizer for the Wisconsin Social-Democratic Party. Carl, overworked, exhausted, and discouraged about his writing, again considered giving up poetry. . What I don't grasp from Sandburg's narrative is how she transgressed from upbeat quasi-southern belle to borderline-demented, tempermental First Lady who (according to many sources) made old Abe's life even more of a hell than it was already. . Letters began to fly back and forth between Princeton and various points in Wisconsin. He was born in Galesburg, Illinois of Swedish parents. You will find wilderness unspoiled in Oconto. I ought to know, being on the eve of maturity, nearly 25, myself . That same night, after a walk on the dunes, in yet another letter he wrote: Ten thousand love-birds, sweet-throated and red-plumed, were in my Soul . She as the sister of artist Edward Steichen. He lived in the midwest, primarily Chicago, and in 1945 moved to a large estate named Connemara, in … Steichen: The Master Prints 1895-1914. In Helga’s search for the true story of her family she found love, genius, and pain. After that, Helga tells us, all his love poems would have the same title: “Paula.”. She often attended meetings at party headquarters in Milwaukee where on December 1907, she met a fellow activist named Charles Sandburg. May contain limited notes, underlining or highlighting that does affect the text. . In one letter, commenting on an essay and two poems she had sent him, he wrote: You have the art and the ability, it is merely a fight for the recognition of it . The combination is baffling. Lilian feeding her chickens at the Hawley Road house in Milwaukee. . Lilian Steichen and her brother Ed in 1886. In roaming and roving, from prairie to sea, . After Jean-Pierre’s health was broken in the copper mines, Marie supported her family by operating a millinery shop in Hancock. We must give the Poet every chance! Lilian died in 1976; she was 93. Edited and with an introduction by Margaret, this book contains 134 letters written between January and June 1908, while Lilian was teaching English and expression to high school students in Illinois and Carl was stumping parts of Wisconsin on behalf of the Social Democrats. He left school at thirteen to drive a milk wagon, then bounced from job to job in his hometown of Galesburg, Illinois, It was enormously popular and was in print continuously for more than seventy years. He called her a literary stylist and a pundit. Niven, Penelope. She spent that summer at the farm in Menomonee Falls while he traveled his district, and they moved to Appleton in the fall. “The poems—the poems you sent are wonderful. I kiss your grand face. In 1919, Sandburg wrote an article about the Chicago Race Riots, which began because black people were not treated fairly when they returned from World War I. Sandburg's wife, Lilian. Sandburg's home in Flat Rock, Henderson County, North Carolina, where he lived for 22 years, is preserved by the National Park Service as the Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site. When he was 14, his father’s work hours were cut in half. 1878 – Carl Sandburg is born on January 6 in Galesburg, Illinois. For the rest of their lives they referred to it as their “great ride,” “the Baptismal rain.” The intensity of the wind and lightning matched the intensity of their feelings, and they responded to the storm with abandon and celebration. He did some sales work and found he enjoyed public speaking. He adopted the nickname "Charles" or "Charlie" in elementary school at about the same time he and his two oldest siblings changed the spelling of their last name to "Sandburg". Caught up in the spirit of the American dream, she envisioned great things for her two precocious children, and she sent Edward at age nine to Pio Nono Catholic school near Milwaukee. And the ruts in the road caught the glow—burning, intense. . . Spine creases, wear to binding and pages from reading. This is the Wonder and the Hope. Long-sentinelled, pacing the night, . She purchased her first goat in 1935 and began to research the benefits of goats milk. Carl’s first paid speaking engagement had been in Racine in 1906, and it was there that he came to the attention of the Wisconsin Social-Democrats. Carl Becomes Famous In 1914, Sandburg's poems appeared in a nationally known magazine, Poetry. He was considered a “special student.”. One symbol of this fact is the Sandburg Hall of the flourishing Unitarian Universalist Church of Asheville, North Carolina, where she was a generous contributor. Sandburg, Helga. I live on that physically—the thing we live on does not fluctuate with Wall Street but within ourselves, be it the belching and bellowing roar of Pittsburgh . Carl Sandburg was born in a three-room cottage at 313 East Third Street in Galesburg, Illinois to Clara Mathilda (née Anderson) and August Sandberg, both of Swedish ancestry. . Sandburg met Lilian Steichen at the Social Democratic Party office in 1907, and they married the next year. Throughout Lilian’s childhood the old country tongue was spoken in the Steichen home, and she considered English to be an acquired language. More Carl Sandburg > sign up for poem-a-day Carl Sandburg, Chicago Poems, 1916 Carl Sandburg wrote these words about his wife, Lilian Steichen Sandburg, whom he met in 1907. Sandburg, Margaret. That was on the eve of the Panic of 1893, a period of hard times in the nation. . 5 reviews. Sandburg met Lilian Steichen (1883-1977) at the Social Democratic Party office in 1907, and they married the next year. 1891 - Carl leaves school after the eighth grade to help support his family; works long hours delivering milk and at other jobs. 81 Carl Sandburg Lane . Ever the Winds of Chance. Where mask and phantom and life go by. On March 16 she wrote: Dear Charles Sandburg, . Among the many photos on top of the piano is one of Napoleon, a family hero. The following narrative of this romance is abridged from an unpublished presentation to the Madison Literary Club in Wisconsin on November 13, 2000. They discovered many similarities in their backgrounds and attitudes. Carl Sandburg, (born Jan. 6, 1878, Galesburg, Ill., U.S.—died July 22, 1967, Flat Rock, N.C.), American poet, historian, novelist, and folklorist.. From the age of 11, Sandburg worked in various occupations—as a barbershop porter, a milk truck driver, a brickyard hand, and a harvester in the Kansas wheat fields. Carl August Sandburg was born in Galesburg, Illinois, on January 6, 1878, the second of August Sandburg and Clara Mathilda Anderson's seven children. Edward had long realized that his younger sister was brilliant and had encouraged her to be independent, to find her own destiny. From city to wilderness, fighting and praying, Lilian's brother was the photographer Edward Steichen. To fight loneliness, Lilian studied poultry farming at the Appleton Public Library. Sandburg, Carl and Margaret Sandburg, ed. Carl was drawn to Lake Michigan, which he referred to as a sea. Carl was 30, Lilian 25. it had been raining hard all day till late in the afternoon. Mary Lincoln: Wife and Widow by Carl Sandburg. 1896- Carl leaves Galesburg and sees Chicago for the first time. I looked. When the Milwaukee Socialists took office in the spring of 1910, Carl became secretary to Mayor Emil Seidel. . Lilian became a dedicated worker in the Wisconsin Social-Democratic Party. Melodies from it were used in Alex Wilder' Names from the War (1961).. A college dedicated to him, Carl Sandburg College is located in his birthplace Galesburg, Illinois. But passion could not wait for a face-to-face meeting. To think I wrote so despairingly of poetry to you . Paperback. Daughter of John Pierre and Mary Kemp Steichen of Luxembourg, Lilian was born in Hancock, Michigan on May 1, 1883. She is seated at the fringe-draped piano, hands in proper form resting on the keys. During this six-month period, Carl and Lilian were together only twice, and it was through the written word that they became intimately acquainted. . Lilian with daughter Margaret and her monkey, about 1915. The other evening I came in to supper after a splendid walk . While in college he played basketball, joined a club, wrote for the college newspaper, joined the college literary society, and served as business manager, editor, and a writer for the college monthly periodical, the Lombard Review. But during his fourth year he abruptly left school, deciding he didn’t want to graduate. You will find civilization at its best and worst along the Fox River—black choking industrialism, and libraries, concerts, women’s clubs and art from Schuman-Heink to 5 cent vaudeville. Explore the southern and historic charm at the home of poet and author Carl Sandburg in Flat Rock, North Carolina. He is baptized Carl August, but in elementary school he asks to be called Charles, or Charlie, thinking it is more American. 28731. It was purchased by the Belgian government and was hung in the National Gallery in Brussels. . Carl Sandburg and wife with goats Description Carl Sandburg and Lilian Paula Sandburg with goats in crates as goats are shipped away. . . Inspired by Edward’s success, Lilian began to take her own writing seriously. They were together at the farm for a week, and Edward, home from Paris for his birthday, spent some time there with them. Carl August Sandburg (January 6, 1878 – July 22, 1967) was an American poet, historian, novelist, balladeer, and folklorist. Carl Sandburg was awarded three Pulitzer Prizes in his lifetime—the first in 1919 for his poetry collection Corn Huskers, the second in 1940 for his biography Abraham Lincoln: The War Years, and the third in 1951 for Complete Poems. With typical Steichen spunk, however, she declared that while he would have the career and her role would be that of homemaker, they were to be considered equals. Margaret Many birds and the beating of wings Make a flinging reckless hum In the early morning at the rocks Above the blue pool Where the gray shadows swim lazy. Often, she and Marie were the only women present at the Social Democratic Party meetings. but it’s good, too, and better, to grow toward maturity and move on to greater things—the everyday life of action. A third daughter Janet was born in 1916, followed by Helga in 1918. Color Scheme Black and white Repository University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The original treatment was rejected, and in 1943, the studio arranged with Sandburg to use the idea and then pre-purchased the film rights. Lillian Steichen Sandburg, about thirty-three years of age, holding her daughter Janet. You and Your Job (Charles H. Kerr & Company, 1908). Years after they were married, in a letter written from a hospital in Battle Creek, Michigan, where she was helping Margaret through a serious illness, Lilian wrote that she would have plenty of time to carefully go over the manuscript of Carl’s second book of Rootabaga stories. At that time, Kenosha and Richland Center were the cities in Wisconsin hardest hit by the disease. New York: Clarkson N. Potter Publishers, 1997. I kiss you as the last glory of this night of glories. True to her word, Lilian did give the poet every chance. Mary Lincoln: Wife and Widow (Harcourt Brace, 1932). . Abraham Lincoln: The Prairie Years (Harcourt Brace, 1926). After graduating Phi-Beta Kappa from the University of Chicago in 1903, she taught high school in North Dakota and Illinois for the next four years.Like Carl, she was a member of the Wisconsin Social-Democratic party, translating German literature into English. I sought you in passing processions GOOD. Steichen: A Biography. In 1945, Sandburg … Sandburg moved to Harbert, Michigan, and then suburban Chicago, Illinois. Yours Cordially, Lilian Steichen”, That was the beginning. . Oct 1, 2017 - Edward Steichen, Carl Sandburg and Wife, Lilian. Longwell, Dennis. Years later, at the suggestion of Carl, Lilian began raising dairy goats at their home in Michigan. Through a vista of arching elms, I saw the western sky aglow! If you should be in Milwaukee at any time during my vacation, I should be so glad to see you there or have you come to see us at the farm. I told you, didn’t I, that my home is in the country, a little farm, 4 acres, 3 miles from Menomonee Falls, about 15 miles from Milwaukee. Shortly after the turn of the century, and with Edward’s financial assistance, the Steichens bought a small farm near Menomonee Falls, where Jean-Pierre could raise corn and potatoes, and where on hot summer nights Lilian and Marie could sleep in the orchard. . Oldest Daughter: Margaret. He is the second child and eldest son of Swedish immigrants August and Clara Sandburg. She thought about Carl and wrote letters—one more than fifty pages long. According to the musicologist Judith Tick:. New Yok: Charles Scribenr’s Sons, 1991. . Artist, poet-prophet on the one hand; man of action on the other. Whitman was a newspaperman-turned-poet, as Carl was to become, who learned about people from personal contact as a journalist. the greater and better we do, the harder the battle. . Carl Sandburg: A Biography. Who touched in the flicker of vibrant stars . The first of Carl’s surviving letters is dated February 21, 1908, mailed from Oshkosh. You came and they awoke . . There on ten-thousand branches they slept as in night-time. The letters increased in length and number, sometimes two or more a day, with postscript added to postscript. It included: Lilian Steichen also was the child of immigrant peasant parents. Dear Mr. Sandburg . The waves provided a cadence for his steps, and the beauty of the shoreline with its “varying humors,” the lights of Two Rivers or Sheboygan or Manitowoc in the distance, inspired him. I have been conscious in rare poignant moments in my life of something very beautiful deep deep within . . . . The American Songbag (Harcourt Brace, 1927). We had known far back in the eons so finely attuned was that heart of yours, you caught the fine vibrant note from the depths and gave it strength and quality. I have your leaflets ‘Labor and Politics,’ and ‘A Little Sermon.’ Do tell me how you contrive to be a moral philosopher and a political agitator at one and the same time—and especially how you contrive to write such Poet’s English one minute and the plain vernacular the next. Later Carl traveled the country in boxcars, finding work where he could, and served with the Illinois volunteers in the Spanish American War. I think of the splendid letter, the last one, from you, my good comrade, and I think of how I shall see you soon. Carl Sandburg was awarded three Pulitzer Prizes in his lifetime—the first in 1919 for his poetry collection Corn Huskers, the second in 1940 for his biography Abraham Lincoln: The War Years, and the third in 1951 for Complete Poems. It lies within us—the beauty of all these—and it is for us to create and give—and it is art. They wrote of their respective parents; both had mothers more gifted than the men they had married in fact, Carl’s father, a blacksmith, could only sign an x for his name. During the spring of 1908 they steadfastly looked to the future. Both Lilian and Carl became interested in the Wisconsin Tuberculosis Society, and Carl traveled to 45 cities in the state on behalf of the fight against TB. Who heard your voice in the breeze nocturnal, In 1894, when he was 15, Edward left school and became a four-year apprentice at Milwaukee’s American Fine Art Company, a lithographic firm. By the time he was approached by the Wisconsin Social Democrats, he was seriously looking for his niche in life, and his parents were anxious for him to settle down and find steady employment. Within the organization I have so much to learn and to show those who have intelligence what to do, and to get the hypercritical into constructive work, and to give cheer to the desperate and rousal to the stolid . He was also very active during the Civil Rights Movement. . She continued to criticize and encourage. . On April 23 she wrote to him, perhaps with more spontaneity, but with equal intensity: Oh, Life and Life!—I must look long and long at the stars, and turn my face to the wind and the rain beating down hard on me, and listen to the rushing of winds and waves and the deep rumble of thunder, proud and solemn music—that so my Soul may biggen and the Love within have a better chance to grow as it so yearns to! The first is from Lilian, postmarked Princeton, Illinois. For more information on Lilian "Paula" Sandburg, please visit our Virtual Museum Exhibit. The former home of Carl and Lillian (Paula) Sandburg, the farm is now run by the National Park Service, and is the only home of an American writer to enjoy the distinction of being named a National Historic Site. Of the 50 pictures taken with his first roll of film, only one turned out. Her experience raising chickens eventually led her to an interest in goats, and she became an amateur geneticist with an international reputation for her prize-winning goat herds. They talked for a while. From the age of about fourteen until he was seventeen or eighteen, he worked as a porter at the … When they married in 1908 she encouraged him to start using his given name, Carl, and he began calling her Paula. For his part, Carl was attracted to them because they seemed more moderate than the national party. Color Scheme Black and white Repository University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. I feel glad for the life that is given me to live. New York: The Dial Press, 1963. Again, Lilian encouraged him to continue. . In 1916 his poetry book, Chicago Poems was published. Sandburg, Lillian Steichen (1883-1977) “To My Wife and Pal, Lilian Steichen Sandburg‚” was the dedication line in Carl Sandburg’s first published book, Chicago Poems. Origins. Your soul! In June 1911, the Sandburg’s first child, a daughter Margaret was born. Miracle. Together they hoped to change the world, to leave something of themselves in payment for the happiness they had found in each other. Carl Sandburg was a highly accomplished poet and journalist with three Pulitzer Prizes to his name. Wind swept, the darkening slate-blue sky heavy with clouds, and the West a great lake of burning gold, and always the wind blowing wildly! Lilian’s brother was the photographer Edward Steichen. Jean-Pierre and Marie Steichen had emigrated from Luxembourg to Hancock, in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, in 1880 with their 18-month-old son, Edward. You ask when I shall be in Milwaukee again. In 1913 another child was conceived, a daughter Madeline who died at birth in November that year. Whitman’s beat was Manhattan; Carl’s was small-town Wisconsin. He titled it “My Little Sister” and, slightly blurred, it has the look of a painting. It might be helpful to consider for a moment the 1908 Social-Democratic Party platform. I walked on to the open country! Later she transferred to the University of Chicago and graduated with a degree in philosophy, honors in English and Latin, and was one of only two in her class to receive a Phi Beta Kappa key. New York: The Museum of Modern Art, 1978. Our spring vacation lasts from March 25 to April 6. In 1945 Sandburg and his extended family, including his wife, daughters, and grandchildren, moved to Connemara in Flat Rock, North Carolina. Sandburg with his wife, whom he called Paula, raised three daughters. Lilian and her brother Ed in 1900, before he left for Europe and fame. Carl and Lilian’s very souls were dedicated to each other in lifelong creative union. . Carl died in 1967, age 89. . Lilian read the German writers—Heine, Hauptmann, Sudermann. Type Still image Format-Extent 25.4 x 20.2 cm. . Helga tells us, “He was gone, my father, after that, caught in the web of love . Lilian listened, believed, and rebelled against her father’s insistence that she quit school and work for her mother in the milliner’s shop. While the letters are interesting for many reasons, they essentially tell a love story in language often poetic and passionate. I shall spend it partly in Milwaukee and partly at home. In 1908 Carl Sandburg married Lilian Steichen, a young woman he had met through his political activities. The Sandburgs moved … In her Uncle Ed she found “romance, sensibility, sweetness, gaiety.” In her mother she found “firmness and beauty.” As for her father, she said, “like a great wheel, everything had spun around him—his wants: quiet, food, sleep, companionship. Carl visited the farm the end of March. He studied English, Latin, philosophy, history, drama, and elocution. The Poet and Dream Girl: The Love Letters of Lilian Steichen and Carl Sandburg. Sweet Music: A Book of Family Reminiscence and Song. By February 24, Lilian had had the opportunity to read some of Carl’s poems, and she had changed her mind about poetry. Lilian met him with horse and buggy at the Brookfield station, and on the way home they were caught in a wild thunderstorm. Fifteen of her chickens were sacrificed on the steel rails in front of the house.”. . . ... Because his wife encouraged Sandburg to reclaim his christened name, he became once and for all Carl Sandburg. His parents had both come to the United States from Sweden; his father worked as a blacksmith's assistant. In a letter from Two Rivers, dated April 19, 1908, 9 p.m., he wrote: Just had a 5-mile hike—over sandy hills wild and wind beaten, and into pine woods along the lake shore. 1896 – Carl leave… In your blue eyes, O reckless child, And so good night, my great heart, like the pines and stars I worshipped with tonight—good night. Carl plotted a book to be written by the two of them to include some of Lilian’s “paragraphic essays,” with a Steichen photo of the two of them “facing the eternities.”. All nationalities are represented in it. Sandburg with his wife, whom he called Paula, raised three daughters. He began to study with Milwaukee artist Richard Lorenz, who, he said, gave him a solid foundation. How they sang! With You, and ruin and death but fancies, Carl and Lilian’s very souls were dedicated to each other in lifelong creative union. 1883 - Lilian Steichen, Sandburg's future wife, is born on May 1 in Hancock, Michigan. Lilian Steichen in 1898 at the age of 15. Carl and Lilian romped in the woods like children, took long walks, and planned their future together. Prose: Biographies, Autobiographies, and Sundry. Sandburg returned to Illinois and took up journalism. In spite of her concern for her stilted English, she tactfully began to give him pointers: “I believe I wouldn’t say ‘handsome buildings.’ I’d substitute ‘grand’ or something of that sort.” Carl took it well. Edward was 16 in 1895 when he bought his first camera. Possible ex library copy, will have the markings and stickers associated from the library. Their letters became romantic and they planned a visit at her parents' farm in Wisconsin. Carl Sandburg was a highly accomplished poet and journalist with three Pulitzer Prizes to his name. . One year later the rest of the family moved to Milwaukee, and Marie set up her millinery shop at North Third and West Walnut streets. She attended concerts and plays and became active in Milwaukee politics. It was during this time that she began calling him Carl, his given name, and he began calling her Paula, derived from an affectionate nickname used by her family. Flat Rock, NC Carl Sandburg was born in a three-room cottage at 313 East Third Street in Galesburg, Illinois, to Clara Mathilda (née Anderson) and August Sandberg, both of Swedish ancestry.He adopted the nickname "Charles" or "Charlie" in elementary school at about the same time he and his two oldest siblings changed the spelling of their last name to "Sandburg". I think of how I shall soon see my brother. They talked about “the S-S molecule” (Sandburg-Steichen) at the service of humankind. While we greatly respect Carl Sandburg's work, it was actually his wife … In 1987 the actual letters were published by University of Illinois Press under the title, The Poet and the Dream Girl: The Love Letters of Lilian Steichen and Carl Sandburg. Dusty and wayward, I was the soldier, Everyday low prices and free delivery on eligible orders. On June 13, 1908, they were married. In 1945, Sandburg moved from Michigan to a 265-acre estate in Flat Rock, North Carolina for the weather, solitude, and land for his wife … Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer had announced, in 1941, a film American Cavalcade that was to star Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn, playing husband-and-wife teams from different periods of American history. “But,” she later wrote Carl, “there’s the sky and the wide horizon and the open road—abundantly enough for glad hearts.”. Carl August Sandburg, 1878 - 1967 Born: 6 January 1878, Galesburg, IllinoisDied: 22 July 1967, Connemara Farm, Flat Rock, North Carolina Three-time Pulitzer winner Carl Sandburg showed little potential as a young man. The Sandburgs moved to a small house on Hawley Road where Lilian had space to raise chickens, and her adventures made a September 1910 edition of The Milwaukee Journal, which reported: “Not the least of Mrs. Sandburg’s summer worries were street car fatalities. Edward died in 1973, two days before his 94th birthday. 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