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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Burl Ives  

Pen Name: None

Genre: C:ADULT C:CHILD C:CHILD C:YA

Born: June 14, 1909, in Hunt City Township, Illinois

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Burl Ives was born in Hunt City Township and attended Eastern Illinois University.

Biographical and Professional Information

While not an academic folklorist, Ives was dedicated to preserving the American folk tradition. Ives attended Eastern Illinois University as well as Julliard in the 1930's. Ives was described by another Illinois author, Carl Sandburg, as "the mightiest ballad singer of any country." In addition, Ives is well remembered as an actor on the stage, in motion pictures and as a writer.


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Awards

-- Illinois Author of the Year, Illinois Association of Teachers of English, 1983