A Conversation With Carl Sandburg
From NBC's Wisdom SeriesStreaming Video - 2010
Although his father never learned to read and seemed to question the inherent value of literacy, Carl Sandburg's mother loved books and encouraged their appreciation. Ultimately, Sandburg rose to the highest literary circles of his day - and yet he was able to come to terms with his father's tradesman persona and view him as a man "superior to books." So he says in this absorbing 1958 interview from the NBC archives. The conversation, steered by the network's Director of Public Affairs Service Programs, Edward Stanley, encompasses early political experiences from Sandburg's childhood; his college years and subsequent hobo wanderlust; his attempt to discover a basic definition of poetry; and detailed discussions centered on his Lincoln series. Sandburg also reads his poem "Phizzog" and performs folk songs.
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Films Media Group, , c1958
Characteristics: 1 streaming video file (29 min.) :,sd., col., digital file