The VLA is not the only organization interested in the legacy of Vachel Lindsay. Many other individuals and organizations continue to celebrate the life and works of Lindsay by sharing in the “Gospel of Beauty” online.
Many of Vachel Lindsay’s books of poetry and prose are currently available online. Dates given are of first editions. (Comes from the set of links currently on website – same for below)
Vachel Lindsay published many essays and stories during his lifetime that were not collected in any of his books. Most of these writings are difficult to locate, as they were published in obscure periodicals.
Sara Teasdale Letters
In 1913, Sara Teasdale sent a letter to Vachel Lindsay, requesting a copy of The Village Magazine, a privately printed collection of Lindsay’s early work, poetry and prose that was published in 1910. Lindsay not only sent a copy of the magazine but also included a letter, beginning a lifelong correspondence that continued even after Teasdale refused Lindsay’s marriage proposal. These letters, written mostly by Lindsay, with several by his wife Elizabeth, are collected among the Vachel Lindsay Papers, the Yale Collection of American Literature, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library. Since there are 264 letters in all, they are organized by chapters. A “Glossary” of frequently used titles and names is included.
Uncle Boy: A Biography of Vachel Lindsay is an unfinished biography of Vachel Lindsay written by Lindsay scholar Dennis Camp, a past president of the VLA. Dr. Camp was working on the biography at the time of his death.
DR. DENNIS D. CAMP RESOURCE CENTER
for VACHEL LINDSAY STUDIES
Dr. Dennis D. Camp – a noted Vachel Lindsay scholar – was dedicated to preserving the legacy of Vachel Lindsay’s works of art, his writings, and his contributions to film criticism. He also was dedicated to preserving Vachel Lindsay’s home – serving with his wife Trula as volunteer curators of what later became the Vachel Lindsay Home State Historic Site from 1978 into the mid-1980s and as President of the Vachel Lindsay Association from 2009 until the time of his death in the fall of 2011. Dr. Camp’s The Poetry of Vachel Lindsay, which runs three volumes, is considered the definitive collection of Lindsay’s work, and his unfinished biography of Lindsay, Uncle Boy, is a valuable resource for Lindsay scholars.