Cover for SANDBURG: Fables, Foibles, and Foobles

Fables, Foibles, and Foobles

A collection of the great poet's fanciful nonsense pieces

Carl Sandburg (1878–1967) is best known for his poetry, his books for children, including Rootabaga Country and Potato Face, and his six-volume biography of Abraham Lincoln. The Pulitzer Prize-winning Illinois author devoted his life to writing, lecturing, reading from his own works, and collecting and singing folk songs.

Sandburg often incorporated proverbs, riddles, aphorisms, and vernacular wisdom in lectures, poetry, children's stories, and in his novel Remembrance Rock. Believing that silliness and fun helped preserve sanity and balance, he put together a collection of fanciful anecdotes--alive with alliteration--for his own amusement. Fables, Foibles, and Foobles truly reveals the playful spirit of this great American poet. Robert Harvey's whimsical drawings, scattered throughout the book, illuminate Sandburg's charming cast of characters.

George Hendrick is emeritus professor of English at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and coeditor of the second volume of the autobiography of Carl Sandburg, Ever the Winds of Chance. Robert C. Harvey is a freelance cartoonist and illustrator and convention director for the National Council of Teachers of English.

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