Carl Sandburg (1878-1967) was an American writer. His works earned him Pulitzer prizes and one Grammy award for a spoken word recording.
Before accomplishing all that he did, Carl experienced failure. He went to college but dropped out. He attended West Point to join the military but failed the math and grammar exam. Then he settled in marriage, family, and politics, and greatness started to happen.
Carl began to write children stories for his daughters. He felt that American children could not relate to the popular European stories of their time, and needed stories that depicted the American childhood experience. Carl eventually published these stories for other children to enjoy.
Rootabaga Stories, published in 1922, were children stories.
Carl went on to write Pulitzer prize winning poetry, biographies and other literature. Though he never graduated from college, he was invited to teach at a university because of his success. There are schools and libraries named after him in his honor, as well as the Carl Sandburg train in Illinois.