Edith S. Kellogg copies of Vachel Lindsay letters to Harriet Moody, 1914-1929 | Rare Book & Manuscript Library, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
This collection consists of typescript and manuscript copies of 37 letters that Vachel Lindsay wrote to Harriet Moody between 1914 and 1929. Also included is one copied note from Moody to Lindsay, in which she responded to news of his wedding (May 27, 1925). Internal evidence suggests that Edith S. Kellogg, Harriet Moody's personal secretary, created and compiled this collection.
In his personal letters to Moody, Lindsay discussed several aspects of his career, such as his published works, works in progress, and related speaking engagements; he occasionally referred to critical opinions of his works. His letters sometimes mention his relationship and interactions with other poets, including Harriet's husband, William Vaughn Moody, and he often provided news of his family members and acquaintances. In the few letters written after his marriage to Elizabeth Connor, Lindsay described their wedding and referred to their children. The letters also provide insight into Lindsay's mental and emotional state throughout the period.