Born November 10, 1879. Educated at Hiram College, Ohio.
He took up the study of art and studied at the Art Institute,
Chicago, 1900-03 and at the New York School of Art, 1904-05.
For a time after his technical study, he lectured upon art
in its practical relation to the community, and returning to his home
in Springfield, Illinois, issued what one might term his manifesto
in the shape of "The Village Magazine", divided about equally
between prose articles, pertaining to beautifying his native city,
and poems, illustrated by his own drawings. Soon after this,
Mr. Lindsay, taking as scrip for the journey, "Rhymes to be Traded for Bread",
made a pilgrimage on foot through several Western States going as far afield
as New Mexico. The story of this journey is given in his volume,
"Adventures while Preaching the Gospel of Beauty". Mr. Lindsay first
attracted attention in poetry by "General William Booth Enters into Heaven",
a poem which became the title of his first volume, in 1913. His second volume
was "The Congo", published in 1914. He is attempting to restore to poetry
its early appeal as a spoken art, and his later work differs greatly
from the selections contained in this anthology.
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