H I C A G O
R I B U T E
Writer and poet
Sandburg published his
first book of poetry,
In Reckless Ecstasy, in 1904. Shortly thereafter,
he moved to Milwaukee and married Lillian
Steichen, sister of photographer Edward Steichen.
The family moved here to 4646 North Hermitage
Avenue in 1912, and Sandburg began writing for
the Chicago Daily News. It was here that the
famous poem Chicago was written.
Early collections of
his poems include Chicago Poems (1916) and Smoke and Steel
(1920). Sandburgs use of free verselacking regular rhymes or
metrical pattern scattered with street-corner slang and anecdotes
ushered in an era of poetic modernism.
Sandburg also wrote
a six-volume biography of Abraham Lincoln. The last volume earned him the
Pulitzer Prize for history in 1940. His Complete Poems won the Pulitzer
Prize for poetry in 1951, and in 1964 he was awarded the Presidential Medal