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Name: Lindsay, Vachel (1879-1931)

Historical Note: Vachel Lindsay was an American poet born in Springfield, Illinois in 1879. He was  educated at Hiram College, Ohio and went on to study painting at the Chicago Art Institute from 1900 to 1903, and at the New York School of Art from 1904-05. He lived life as a troubadour, traveling through the south during 1906, and exchanging his poem The Tree of Laughing Bells for bed and board. He traveled through the West in 1912.  His first volume of poems, General William Booth Enters into Heaven and Other Poems (1913), was followed by the successful The Congo and Other Poems (1914).  He lectured and recited his own verses throughout the United States and by invitation at Oxford University.  His later volumes include the Chinese Nightingale (1917), The Golden Whales of California (1920), Going-to-the-Sun (1923).  Lindsay died in 1931.
Sources: Webster's Biographical Dictionary, G. & C. Memam Co., Publishers, Springfield, Mass., 1970.

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