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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Burl Ives  

Pen Name: None


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


Illinois Connection

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.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library

Wayfaring Stranger
ISBN: 1432515438

Kessinger Publishing, LLC. 2007

This book is a facsimile reprint and may contain imperfections such as marks, notations, marginalia and flawed pages.

Tales of America

Georg Westermann Verlag. 1964

"These are living legends for me, and I tell them as I feel and live them."—Burl Ives

Burl Ives, born and bred in America, has tramped the country from one end to the other. By nature a collector of all kinds of things—songs, stories, tidbits of information—he has stored up a treasure of stories of the humorous and the adventurous people and the fabulous happenings that went into the making of America. The result is this book: warm, colorful, human—filled with his favorite tales, legends, and true narratives about America's past and America's people.

You will find stories about such men and women as George Washington (a romantic in his youth), Pocahontas (more real than the history books let on), Bigfoot Wallace (maybe Texans are right about Texas after all), Mike Fink, Paul Buyan, Daniel Boone, including prospectors, whalers, ghosts, and pirates. These tales, told by America's best-loved folk singer, will be read and loved by people of all ages.

Burl Ives Guitar for Beginners
ISBN: 0893280038

Independent Publishers Group. 1976


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