Dos Passos, Sandburg, Lincoln, Jefferson

Per Virginia Spencer Carr’s biography of John Dos Passos, “Dos Passos sent Carl Sandburg an advance copy of The Head and Heart of Thomas Jefferson, saying: ‘Ever since you rescued Lincoln from the embalmers I’ve had a notion of doing something similar with Jefferson. I haven’t the faintest notion whether I have succeeded or failed, but maybe you’ll have a chance to take a look at it.’ Sandburg admired Dos Passos’ work and had been one of the five to nominate him to a chair in the National Academy of Arts and Letters.” (page 506 of paperback edition)