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Vachel Lindsay - Life Stories, Books, and Links
 
Biographical Information

Stories about Vachel Lindsay

Selected works by this author

Selected books about / related to this author

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BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION
 
Picture of Vachel Lindsay, poet; twentieth century American Literature and poetry
Photograph: Vachel Lindsay, circa 1912
Vachel Lindsay   (1879 - 1931)
 
Category:  American Literature
 
Born:  November 10, 1879
Springfield, Illinois, United States
 
Died:  December 5, 1931
Springfield, Illinois, United States
 
Related authors:
Carl Sandburg, Edgar Lee Masters
 
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Vachel Lindsay - LIFE STORIES
 
 
11/10/1879     Vachel Lindsay, Troubadour
On this day in 1879, the troubadour-poet-performance artist Vachel Lindsay was born in Springfield, Illinois. Lindsay would die in the same house in which he was born -- aged 52, paranoid, suicide by drinking Lysol -- but in-between he had one of the most remarkable and celebrated careers in American literature.
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SELECTED WORKS BY THIS AUTHOR
 
 
The Chinese Nightingale and Other Poems
poetry
 
 
FIND BOOKS BY VACHEL LINDSAY AT Powell's Books
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SELECTED BOOKS ABOUT (or related to) THIS AUTHOR
 
 
City of Discontent: An Interpretive Biography of Vachel Lindsay
by Mark Jonathan Harris
biography
 
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Modern American Poetry
Find a biography, essays on Lindsay's poetry, performances, and racism, selected poems ("The Traveller Heart," "Aladdin and the Jinn," "Abraham Lincoln Walks at Midnight," "A Curse for Kings," and "General William Booth Enters Into Heaven"), and commentary on "The Congo" and "The Gospel of Beauty."

"He was well received and praised by The Observer as 'easily the most important living American poet.' However, Lindsay's reputation began a precipitous decline with the publication of his utopian prose work, The Golden Book of Springfield. ... Although Lindsay continued to receive praise from English critics, American critics and readers dismissed him as tedious and incomprehensible. Opinion since has not changed."
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