Books: Galesburg Nostalgia

ALWAYS THE YOUNG STRANGERS (445 pp.)—Carl Sandburg—Harcourt, Brace ($5).

At 19, Carl Sandburg gave up the idea of committing suicide and decided to become a hobo instead. Young fellows can feel pretty morbid at that age, but the juices of life are running pretty powerfully too. So one day in the summer of 1897, in his home town of Galesburg, Ill., he accepted his mother's kiss and his father's scowl and hit the road.

In Always the Young Strangers, his autobiography, Sandburg, now 75, remembers his departure thus: "I walked out of the house with my hands free, no bag or bundle, wearing...

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