Authors: Carl Sandburg and “Abraham Lincoln, The Prairie Years”

One of the old books on a shelf in my home library is written by Carl Sandburg. It’s the 1926 Edition of “Abraham Lincoln, The Prairie Years, Volumes One and Two”. Inside this book are 34 illustrations from photographs, and many cartoons, sketches, maps and letters. Below is one of the photographs.

Abraham Lincoln, The Prairie Years by Carl Sandburg-Log CabinLog Cabin the twenty-year-old Abe Lincoln helped his father build on Goose Nest Prairie in Coles County, Illinois,  from original photograph in the Barrett Collection Abraham Lincoln, The Prairie Years by Carl Sandburg A. Lincoln is written on the outside of my book’s cover. Abraham Lincoln, The Prairie Years by Carl Sandburg-Inside book The photograph on the left of the title page is the “Jackknife signature of Abe Lincoln on his ax handle, New Salem, Illinois, 1834. Original in Oliver R. Barrett Collection, Chicago

Abraham Lincoln, the 16th president of the United States, was born on February 12, 1809 and died on April 15, 1865. His earliest memories were of this home and, in particular, of a flash flood that once washed away the corn and pumpkin seeds he had helped his father plant. His father, Thomas Lincoln, a descendant of a weaver’s apprentice, migrated from England to Massachusetts in 1637. Source: Britannica

The author, Carl Sandburg, wrote two books about Abraham Lincoln: “Abraham Lincoln: The Prairie Years, 2 volumes” (1926) ,which is a popular biography and Abraham Lincoln: “The War Years, 4 vol.” (1939; Pulitzer Prize in history, 1940). Source: Britannica

Written by Mary Gilmartin, June 2, 2013


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7 responses to “Authors: Carl Sandburg and “Abraham Lincoln, The Prairie Years”

  1. Oh, I love this sort of post; something I can really dig my teeth into. I’m always searching for old books, can’t get enough (but limited on my budget)

  2. That’s quite a higglety pigglety-looking cabin. To be fair, I will presume that the photo was taken long after the cabin started to become asymmetrical. Meanwhile, I’m hoping the almost daily rains here do not wash away my recently planted corn seeds…

  3. I did not know this!!! The book is available through Amazon. Thank you.

    • You’re welcome and “after your 2nd comment, I checked my local library’s database & find they have two copies of this book… Why don’t you check with your local library system, you may be surprised to see what you find.” PS: Glad I already own a 1926 edition of this book.

      • They are very expensive. I sent a request in to ask the publisher if we could have a Kindle version. The way I see it, if you don’t ask, you don’t get. It is worth a try. And people would be interested in reading it…

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