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Critical Studies of Carl Sandburg


Salwak, Dale. Carl Sandburg: A Reference Guide. Macmillan, 1988. Provides a chronological listing (1904-1985) of articles relating to Sandburg and criticism of his work. A wonderful resource for the serious Sandburg scholar.

Fetherling, Dale and Doug Fetherling, editors. Carl Sandburg at the Movies: A Poet in the Silent Era: 1920 to 1927. Scarecrow, 1985. 207 pp. Contains Sandburg's movie reviews from the 1920s as well as an introduction discussing Sandburg's life during this period. Fascinating material.

Hacker, Jeffrey H. Carl Sandburg. Watts, 1984. 128 pp.

Hoffman, Daniel. "Moonlight dries no mittens": Carl Sandburg Reconsidered. Library of Congress. The Fertrude Clarke Whittal Poetry and Literature Fund, 1979. 15 pp.

Hallwas, John and Dennis Reader. The Vision of This Land: Studies of Vachel Lindsay, Edgar Lee Masters & Carl Sandburg. WIU Essays, 1976. The title describes the content quite well. The studies of each author are followed by bibliographies of other works which discuss the poets.

Allen, Gay Wilson. Carl Sandburg. University of Minnesota Press, 1972. 49 pp.

Rogers, W. G. Carl Sandburg, Yes: Poet, Historian, Novelist, Songster. Harcourt, Brace, Jovanovich, 1970. 212 pp.

Callahan, North. Lincoln of Our Literature. New York University Press, 1970. 253 pp. Here Callahan focuses on Sandburg's work on Lincoln. A fine contribution to the study of Sandburg.

Durnell, Hazel. The America of Carl Sandburg. University Press of Washington, 1965. 276 pp.

Crowder, Richard. Carl Sandburg. Twayne, 1964. 176 pp. As is typical with the books in the Twayne series, Crowder offers a book with quality criticism of the poet's work.

Zehnpfennig, Gladys. Carl Sandburg: Poet and Patriot. T. S. Denison, 1963. 265 pp.

Rosenfeld, Paul. Port of New York. Harcourt, Brace and Co., 1924. 311 pp. (Also an edition published by the University of Illinois in 1961). Contains a section on Carl Sandburg.

Weirick, Bruce. From Whitman to Sandburg in American Poetry: A Critical Survey. Macmillan, 1924. 245 pp. Weirick was a professor at the University of Illinois and was involved with the negotiations to purchase Sandburg's papers for the University.

Articles & Essays

Alexander, William. “The Limited American, the Gret Loneliness, and the Singing Fire: Carl Sandburg’s Chicago Poems.” American Literature 45.1 (Mar. 1973): 67.

Walker, Noojin, and Martha Walker. “Sandburg’s The People, Yes.” Explicator 47.1 (Fall 1988): 34.

Wilhelm, Albert E. “Two Unpublished Sandburg Letters.” ANQ 2.1 (Jan. 1989): 18.

van Wienen, M. “Taming the Socialist: Carl Sandburg’s Chicago Poems and Its Critics.” American Literature 63.1 (March 1991): 89.

Coughlin, Ellen K. “Carl Sandburg said to be more political than many realized.” Chronicle of Higher Education 37.29 (3 April 1991): A7.

Epstein, J. “’The people’s poet’.” Commentary 93.5 (May 1992): 47.

Doreski, C.K. “From News to History: Robert Abbott and Carl Sandburg Read the 1919 Chicago Riot.” African American Review 26.4 (Winter 1992): 637.

Beyers, Chris. “Carl Sandburg’s Unnatural Relations.” Essays in Literature 22.1 (Spring 1995): 97-112.

Greene, Sally. “‘Things money cannot buy’: Carl Sandburg’s Tribute to Virginia Woolf.” Journal of Modern Literature 24.2 (Dec. 2000): 291.

Johansen, J. G. “Sandburg’s ‘They Will Say’.” Explicator 59.3 (Spring 2001): 134.

Arenstein, J. D. “Carl Sandburg’s Biblical Roots.” ANQ 16.2 (Spring 2003): 54-60.

Reed, Brian M. “Carl Sandburg’s The People, Yes, Thirties Modernism, and the Problem of Bad Political Poetry.” Texas Studies in Literature & Language 46.2 (Summer 2004): 181-212.

Stoltzfus, Duane. "Carl Sandburg: Reporting for the People." American Journalism 21.1 (Winter 2004): 37-54.

Maas, David F. “Using GS Extension AL Devices to Explore Carl Sandburg’s Poetry.” ETC: A Review of General Semantics 62.4 (October 2005): 411-419.

Berman, Paul. "This Here Phizzog." TLS (29 September 2006): 13-15.

Marsh, John. “A Lost Art of Work: The Arts and Crafts Movement in Carl Sandburg’s Chicago Poems.” American Literature 79.3 (September 2007): 527-551.

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