Individual Author Record
Name: Vachel LindsayPen Name: (Nicholas) Vachel Lindsay Genre: Poetry Born: November 10, 1879 in Springfield, Illinois Sites:
Illinois ConnectionLindsay 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 InformationVachel 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.
- General William Booth Enters Heaven and Other Poems, 1913
- The Congo and Other Poems, Macmillan, 1914
- The Daniel Jazz and Other Poems, 1920
- Johnny Appleseed and Other Poems, Macmillan, 1928
- Every Soul Is a Circus, Macmillan, 1929
- Selected Poems of Vachel Lindsay, Macmillan, 1963
- Springfield Town Is Butterfly Town, and Other Poems for Children, Kent State, 1969
Titles At Your Library
The Daniel Jazz and Other Poems (CD-ROM Edition)
ISBN: 1404706925 Classic Books. 2007
Selected Poems of Vachel Lindsay
ISBN: 002548270X Macmillan Pub Co. 1963
The Golden Book of Springfield
ISBN: 0548467390 Kessinger Publishing, LLC. 2007 This scarce antiquarian book is a facsimile reprint of the original. Due to its age, it may contain imperfections such as marks, notations, marginalia and flawed pages. Because we believe this work is culturally important, we have made it available as part of our commitment for protecting, preserving, and promoting the world's literature in affordable, high quality, modern editions that are true to the original work.