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Vachel Lindsay

Vachel LindsayAKA Nicholas Vachel Lindsay

Born: 10-Nov-1879
Birthplace: Springfield, IL
Died: 5-Dec-1931
Location of death: Springfield, IL
Cause of death: Suicide
Remains: Buried, Oak Ridge Cemetery, Springfield, IL

Gender: Male
Religion: Protestant
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Poet, Author

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: The Congo and Other Poems

Campbelite Protestant. Experienced visions of Old Testament prophets, etc. Spent much of his life wandering to make ends meet, while writing and distributing his poetry. Committed suicide by drinking Lysol, though it was reported at the time to be heart failure.

His daughter, Susan Doniphan Lindsay, married John Conrad Russell, the son of Bertrand Russell.

Father: Vachel Thomas Lindsay (carpenter)
Mother: Esther Catherine Frazee (d. 1922)
Wife: Elizabeth Conner (m. 19-May-1925)
Daughter: Susan Doniphan Lindsay (b. May-1926, m. )
Son: Nicholas Cave Lindsay ("Nick", carpenter/poet, b. Sep-1927)

    High School: Springfield High School, Springfield, IL (1897)
    University: Hiram College (dropout, 1900)
    University: Chicago Art Institute (studied 1901-3)
    University: New York School of Art (studied 1903-4)

    Dutch Treat Club (1922-24)
    Risk Factors: Epilepsy

Is the subject of books:
Vachel Lindsay, a Poet in America, 1935, BY: Edgar Lee Masters
The City of Discontent: An Interpretive Biography of Vachel Lindsay, 1952, BY: Mark Harris
The West-going Heart: A Life of Vachel Lindsay, 1959, BY: Eleanor Ruggles
Vachel Lindsay: Fieldworker for the American Dream, 1970, BY: Ann Massa

Author of books:
Rhymes to Be Traded for Bread (1912, poetry)
General William Booth Enters into Heaven and Other Poems (1913, poetry)
The Congo and Other Poems (1914, poetry)
The Art of the Moving Picture (1915, nonfiction)
The Chinese Nightingale and Other Poems (1917, poetry)
The Golden Whales of California and Other Rhymes in the American Language (1920, poetry)
The Golden Book of Springfield (1920)
The Daniel Jazz and Other Poems (1920, poetry)
Johnny Appleseed (1928, poetry)


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