Illinois State Library

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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Vachel Lindsay  

Pen Name: (Nicholas) Vachel Lindsay

Genre: Poetry

Audience: Adult;

Born: November 10, 1879 in Springfield, Illinois

Died: December 5, 1931

-- Vachel Lindsay Association --
-- Vachel Lindsay on WorldCat --

Illinois Connection

Lindsay was born and raised in Springfield. He graduated from Springfield High School. He moved from Spingfield to attend college and moved back in 1929. Lindsay is buried in Oakridge Cemetary in Springfield.

Biographical and Professional Information

Vachel Lindsay used his hometown of Springfield, Illinois as a base from which he launched a one-man campaign to reform American poetry and culture. His most original works were such poems as "General William Booth Enters into Heaven" and "Bryan, Bryan, Bryan, Bryan," which were strongly rhythmic chants about American heroes couched in colorful American colloquial speech. Such poetry was meant to express Lindsay's "Gospel of Beauty," an idealistic program to awaken Americans to art and learning.The Vachel Lindsay House is located at 603 South Fifth Street in Springfield, Illinois. It is the site of Lindsay's birth and death. The site is open to the public Tues-Sat: 12-4:00pm. Lindsay's grave is in Oak Ridge Cemetery in Springfield, Illinois.


Name engraved on the frieze of the Illinois State Library alongside other great Illinois literary figures, 1990 Illinois Author of the Year, Illinois Association of Teachers of English, 1970

Selected Titles At Your Library

Daniel jazz and other poems.
ISBN: 1407721321. OCLC Number: 940459962

Hardpress Publishing,. .

General William Booth Enters into Heaven :
ISBN: 9783842437616. OCLC Number: 916092646

tredition. .

Selected poems of Vachel Lindsay
ISBN: 002548270X. OCLC Number: 234220217

Macmillan Pub Co. .

Vachel Lindsay reads The Congo & other poems.
ISBN: 9781907818387. OCLC Number: 814558821

Saland Publishing,. .

This historic recording was made just months before the author's premature death in 1931. The father of modern singing poetry is captured here performing The Congo, The Chinese Nightingale, General William Booth Enters Into Heaven, The Moon's the North Wind's Cooky, The Flowers Fed Buffaloes, and The Mysterious Cat.