Vachel Lindsay

Vachel Lindsay (Nicholas Vachel Lindsay) (vā´chəl lĬn´zē), 1879–1931, American poet, b. Springfield, Ill., studied at Hiram College, the Art Institute of Chicago, and the New York School of Art. Lindsay made tours selling his poems and drawings, living as a modern-day troubadour. He was particularly effective when reading his own poems. His poetry at its best is virile and strong. It has a fine spoken music, often enhanced by jazz rhythms. Volumes of his poetry include General William Booth Enters into Heaven (1913), The Congo (1914), The Chinese Nightingale (1917), and Collected Poems (1938). Lindsay was plagued by poverty and illness in his later years, and the quality of his poetry declined.

See his autobiographical Adventures While Preaching the Gospel of Beauty (1914) and A Handy Guide for Beggars (1916); his letters (ed. by A. J. Armstrong, 1940); biographies by E. L. Masters (1935, repr. 1969) and M. Harris (1975); studies by J. T. Flanagan, comp. (1970) and A. Massa (1970).

The Columbia Encyclopedia, 6th ed. Copyright© 2014, The Columbia University Press.

Vachel Lindsay: Selected full-text books and articles

Vachel Lindsay; a Poet in America
Edgar Lee Masters.
Biblo and Tannen, 1969
City of Discontent: An Interpretive Biography of Vachel Lindsay, Being Also the Story of Springfield, Illinois, USA, and of the Love of the Poet for That City, That State and That Nation
Mark Harris.
Bobbs-Merrill, 1952
Collected Poems
Vachel Lindsay.
Macmillan, 1925 (Revised edition)
FREE! General William Booth Enters into Heaven, and Other Poems
Nicholas Vachel Lindsay.
The Macmillan Company, 1919
FREE! The Congo and Other Poems
Vachel Lindsay; Harriet Monroe.
The Macmillan Company, 1922
FREE! The Chinese Nightingale: And Other Poems
Vachel Lindsay.
The Macmillan Company, 1917
FREE! The Golden Whales of California: And Other Rhymes in the American Language
Vachel Lindsay.
The Macmillan Company, 1920
Utopia at Your Doorstep: Vachel Lindsay's Golden Book of Springfield
Sakolsky, Ron.
Utopian Studies, Vol. 12, No. 2, Spring 2001
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I Hear America ...: Literature in the United States since 1900
Vernon Loggins.
Biblo and Tannen, 1967
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