Carl Sandburg was born the son of Swedish immigrants in Galesburg, Illinois in 1878. He first gained fame for his collection Chicago Poems, published in 1916, and is best known today as the author of the poem Chicago and his six-volume biography of Abraham Lincoln. A journalist for The Chicago Daily News and an active socialist, he was dubbed “the people’s poet,” twice won the Pulitzer Prize, and was named America’s Poet Laureate by President John F. Kennedy. Sandburg died in North Carolina in 1967. Jack London and O. Henry was published in 1922, in Sandburg’s collection Smoke and Steel. Of the subjects of his poem, Jack London died in 1916 of kidney failure, at age forty, and William Sydney Porter in 1910, of cirrhosis of the liver, at age forty-seven.
Graphic Classics: O. Henry
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