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Prepared for the WWW by Barbara Bass, March 19, 2002; Last Updated: April 2020
Inclusive Dates: Undated
Extent: .33 cubic foot (1 document case)
Physical Location: 11th floor
Biographical Note: Vachel Lindsay (1879-1931) began life as a sickly child, whose parents were determined that he become a doctor. Although he was much more attracted to art and poetry, he dutifully entered the medical program at Hiram College, only to pull out and embark on the life of a young "ne'er do well". In addition to his three walking trips across the United States, in the name of preaching the gospel of truth and beauty, Lindsay spent his young adult years courting numerous women (whom he called "inspiration girls") and writing poetry, which he frequently tried to offer up on the street. Lindsay's contemporaries became familiar with his poetry largely from his spirited public performances, by which he earned his living. He married late in life, but amid mounting problems with his marriage and his finances, Lindsay died (some sources contest that he committed suicide) in 1931. Some of his works include Rhymes to be Traded for Bread (1912), General William Booth Enters Into Heaven and Other Poems (1913), and The Chinese Nightingale and Other Poems (1917).
Scope and Content: The Nicholas Vachel Lindsay papers consists of 22 envelopes containing pictures of paintings, sculpture and other works of art, assembled by Lindsay for the daughter of M. L. Bates, President of Hiram College. The envelopes have annotations by Lindsay and some of the pictures are signed C. F. Lindsay, Esther Catherine Frazee Lindsay, his mother.
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