The Vachel Lindsay Home, Springfield Illinois

BROWN, Virginia Stuart, artist

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Title: The Vachel Lindsay Home, Springfield ...

Publisher: n. d, N. p

Binding: Soft cover

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Etching Approximately 5 x 6 inches image area. 9.5 x 8.5 inches overall. Shows an image of an elegant two story home with a portico and three chimneys, a stair leading up to it and trees surrounding it.Vachel Lindsay -- poet, idealist, troubador -- is sometimes called Springfield's "second most famous" son. He was born in Springfield in 1879 and always considered the Capitol City his home. Like any youngster growing up in Central Illinois, Lindsay was schooled in the virtues of Abraham Lincoln, Springfield's most famous resident. He, like Lincoln, was fascinated by the common people, and much of his poetry reflected that fascination.He first received recognition in 1913, when "Poetry" magazine published his poem "General William Booth Enters into Heaven" about the founder of The Salvation Army. Racial harmony was a concern of Lindsay's. "The Congo," a poem about blacks, was one of his most famous and popular poems.Lindsay spent much of his life walking across the country, performing and distributing copies of his poetry in exchange for bed and board. Lindsay's poems were very rhythmic, and he performed them almost melodramatically -- chanting, shouting, gesturing, and even singing rather than merely reciting. Lindsay married Elizabeth Connor in 1925 when he was 45 and she was 23. They had two children, Susan in 1926 and Nicholas in 1927. They settled in Vachel's family home in Springfield in 1929. The poet's career declined during the 1920s. He began to believe that people were only impressed with his powerful performances, not the poetry itself. Lindsay became severely depressed as both his creativity and his popularity waned; he committed suicide in 1931 by drinking poison. Lindsay's verse is characterized by its lyric quality and its simple, forceful rhythms. Among his volumes of poetry are The Congo and Other Poems (1914) and Every Soul Is a Circus (1929) -. Bookseller Inventory # 15516

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