Tramping Across America
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Here is Vachel Lindsay, the visionary beggar poet of Springfield, Illinois, at his most accessible. Compiled from letters and journals he wrote on his "tramps" across America, ADVENTURES WHILE PREACHING THE GOSPEL OF BEAUTY and A HANDY GUIDE FOR BEGGARS are published here in a single volume that reveals Lindsay's reverence for nature, his abiding faith in humanity, his sparkling wit, and his still very timely ideas about the artist's relationship to community. Here is Springfield's errant, wandering poet before the world claimed him.
Vachel Lindsay is an American original, a self-described "peddler of dreams" with a mystical sense of engagement with the soul of America. He takes the reader in quest of a spiritual harvest, proclaiming his "Gospel of Beauty." Dan Guillory's splendid introduction opens up these memorable and highly readable volumes and places Lindsay's tramps within the context of other literary road narratives.
- John E. Hallwas, editor of ILLINOIS LITERATURE: THE NINETEENTH CENTURY and author of THE BOOTLEGGER
TRAMPING ACROSS AMERICA features a foreword by the poet's son Nicholas Cave Lindsay, a visionary, a poet, and a seeker in his own right; and an introduction by poet and author Dan Guillory, Hardy Distinguished Professor of English at Millikin University in Decatur, Illinois, and the author of THE ALLIGATOR INVENTIONS, WHEN THE WATERS RECEDE: RESCUE AND. RECOVERY DURING THE GREAT FLOOD, and LIVING WITH. LINCOLN: LIFE AND ART IN THE HEARTLAND.
My life is not an attempt to recite but an attempt to re-apply in various ways till I find the right way, the sharpest sentences of the proclamations in ADVENTURES WHILE PREACHING THE GOSPEL OF BEAUTY.
- Vachel Lindsay
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