CARL SANDBURG (1878–1967) was twice awarded the Pulitzer Prize, first in 1940 for his biography of Abraham Lincoln and again in 1951 for Complete Poems. Before becoming known as a poet, he worked as a milkman, an ice harvester, a dishwasher, a salesman, a fireman, and a journalist. Among his classics are the Rootabaga Stories, which he wrote for his young daughters at the beginning of his long and distinguished literary career.
Remembrance Rockby Carl Sandburg
Carl Sandburg's first novel, published when the poet-historian was seventy, Rememberance Rock follows the growth of the American dream through more than three centuries of our nation's history. The narrative stretches from the founding of Plymouth Colony through the Revolution and Civil War to World War II, and includes a cast of characters as vast as the landscape itself - Puritans and heretics, revolutionaries and Tory loyalists, abolitionists and slaveholders, even a Supreme Court Justice. Thematic unity to this sprawling epic surfaces in the symbolic reappearance of a bronze plaque that bears an inscription of Roger Bacon's "Four Stumbling Blocks to Truth," each of which is relevant to a particualr period of our past.
By turns a saga, chronicle, and miscellany on American folk themes, recounted in a voice of equal diversity, Rememberance Rock is Sandburg's passionate and affirmative testament of American life.
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If you like historical fiction you will love this novel. Carl Sandburg's saga of America covers four major eras of our history: the Puritans founding of the Plymouth colony; the Revolutionary War; the Civil War; and World War Two. Sandburg makes the characters come alive as they struggle with individual life circumstances and major issues of their respective historical periods. As a reader you will be saddened by their failures and revel in their accomplishments. This is absolutely one of the best novels I have ever read.