Friday, January 25, 2013

Unknown Carl Sandburg Poem Found

A volunteer at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign found it.

From a story in the Chicago Tribune...

Gullerud has volunteered at the Rare Book and Manuscript Library every Thursday for more than seven years. For the past two years, he's been working to classify and enter a file folder of poems into the school's electronic system.

He was working through poems by Sandburg this month when he came across "A Revolver" typed on scratch paper and recognized its relevance to current cultural debates across the country.

"When I wrote down that last line, I knew this was really big," Gullerud said.

Sandburg, a Galesburg native and at one time a Chicago newspaperman, received Pulitzer Prizes for poetry in 1919 and 1951 and another in 1940 for his biography of Abraham Lincoln.

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