THE CHINESE NIGHTINGALE AND OTHER POEMS
New York: The Macmillan Company, 1917. First Edition. Hardcover. Inscribed and dated by Vachel Lindsay, with eight lines of verse, to noted collector George T. Keating on the front flyleaf. Octavo. Original yellow cloth binding, with elaborate blue and gilt stamping. Light offsetting to the copyright and dedication pages. The spine is lightly faded, with some very mild rubbing to the corners and tips; otherwise very good.
Among the best of Lindsay's collections, The Chinese Nightingale and Other Poems features the richly romantic title poem together with numerous ardently patriotic compositions, including those inspired by the First World War. Devoting most of his life to the cause of reviving poetry as an oral art of the common people, Vachel Lindsay (1879-1931) wrote rhythmically appealing compositions, rich with imagery and bold rhymes, like "The Congo" and "General William Booth Enters Into Heaven". Before achieving widespread recognition, Lindsay barnstormed throughout the country giving public readings of his poetry in exchange for food and shelter. Very good. Item #75548