Allen, Gay Wilson. Carl Sandburg. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1972. Brief but useful introduction to Sandburg’s life and creative career. Includes references to the poet’s biographical studies of Abraham Lincoln.
Callahan, North. Carl Sandburg: His Life and Works. University Park: Pennsylvania State University Press, 1987. Provides an overview of Sandburg’s career and critical readings of his poems; offers a complete discussion of Sandburg’s works on Lincoln.
_______. Carl Sandburg: Lincoln of Our Literature. New York: New York University Press, 1970. A critical biography of Sandburg that focuses, in large part, upon the nature of the poet’s interest in Abraham Lincoln’s life and writings.
Crowder, Richard. Carl Sandburg. New York: Twayne, 1964. Excellent overview of Sandburg’s life and literary career. The chapters “Lincoln and America” and “The People and the Union” recount and interpret the development of Sandburg’s publications on Lincoln. Notes that Sandburg was as interested in Lincoln the myth as he was in the historical personage, which accounts for the unique power of Sandburg’s biographical works on the president.
Cullen, Jim. “’A Tree Is Best Measured When It’s Down’: Carl Sandburg, James Randall, and the Usable Pasts of Abraham Lincoln.” In The Civil War in Popular Culture: A Reusable Past. Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1995. Describes how Sandburg’s recollections of Lincoln were shaped by contemporary concerns and perspectives.
Niven, Penelope. Carl Sandburg: A Biography. New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1991. First-rate critical biography of Sandburg, with a section on “The Lincoln Years.” Discusses the nature of Sandburg’s interest in and identification with Lincoln. One of the best single works to date on Sandburg and his literary career.
Wooley, Lisa. “Carl Sandburg and Vachel Lindsay: Composite Voices of the Open Road.” In American Voices of the Chicago Renaissance. DeKalb: Northern Illinois University Press, 2000. Describes how the two poets used language to convey simplicity, democracy, and Americanness—characteristics associated with Chicago’s literary renaissance.