Carl Sandburg, Abraham Lincoln: The Prairie Years & The War Years, Sangamon Ed.
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Carl Sandburg’s Abraham Lincoln: The Prairie Years & Abraham Lincoln: The War Years defined not just how a generation of Americans saw Lincoln, but how they saw themselves.
Sandburg collected a huge amount of information on Lincoln for this works – originally published in 1926 and 1939. The Prairie Years covers Lincoln’s life up to 1861 and was praised for presenting a more folksy, “real” Lincoln, as opposed to a cold statue. The War Years were written over the next dozen years while American readers waited impatiently for the completion of the magisterial effort.
Sandburg’s interpretation is that of a poet, and his work is not intended as an academic biography. They are nonetheless beautifully written, poetic works.
The poet of Galesburg was raised in the same milieu as Lincoln and that in itself helped Sandburg understand and present the Illinois Lincoln.
This Sangamon Edition was published Scribners in 1947, and provided the public with a handsome, uniformly designed, six-volume set.
All six volumes have usual toning and shelf wear. Otherwise they are fairly bright in their red cloth, which usually fades quickly. Vol 1 has a small dent. Indeed, this is a handsome set.
Sandburg, Carl. Abraham Lincoln: The Prairie Years & the War Years. The Sangamon Edition. New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1947. Six volumes, frontispieces, illustrated.