Sandburg, Carl: Original Large Photograph, Signed & Inscribed...
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Sandburg, Carl: Original Large Photograph, Signed & Inscribed...:
SANDBURG, Carl 1878-1967. Original large signed photograph of the iconic American poet and author of the enormously popular anthology of American folksongs, The American Songbag. Inscribed to "Spencer Scott as between fellow guitarists Carl Sandburg 1949."
343 mm. x 258 mm. (13-1/2" x 10-1/2").
Laid down to backing board.
"From his early singing experiences with the Lombard College Glee Club to his becoming (at the age of 74) a guitar pupil of Andrés Segovia, Sandburg cultivated a lifelong interest in music. In his youth he spent some time traveling as a hobo. He listened to the language of working people and memorized their songs, many of which appeared later in his American Songbag (1927)... Music and singing are important themes in his poetry as can be seen clearly in such poems as “Jazz Fantasia.” He usually closed public readings of his poems with half an hour of songs." Michael Hovland in Grove Music Online
"As a populist poet, Sandburg bestowed a powerful dignity on what the ’20s called the "American scene" in a book he called a "ragbag of stripes and streaks of color from nearly all ends of the earth ... rich with the diversity of the United States." Reviewed widely in journals ranging from the New Masses to Modern Music, The American Songbag influenced a number of musicians. Pete Seeger, who calls it a "landmark", saw it "almost as soon as it came out." The composer Elie Siegmeister took it to Paris with him in 1927, and he and his wife Hannah "were always singing these songs. That was home. That was where we belonged." Ruth Crawford Seeger: A Composer's Search for American Music, pp. 54, 57.
This image, by Kay Bell Reynall, was used to illustrate the dustjacket of the revised and enlarged 1950 edition of the Songbag entitled the New American Songbag. Reynall (1905-1977) was an American photographer active in New York City. (29944)