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A group of books and pamphlets both by and pertaining to the late Vachel Lindsay has been placed on view in the Poetry Room on the top floor of Widener Library. These works are part of a large collection of the late Amy Lowell, which was given to Widener Library after her death.
The books and pamphlets were all given to Miss Lowell by Lindsay several years ago, and contain some of the poet's veraes, written in his own hand to Miss Lowell. The sentiments expressed in these writings give an excellent clue to the thoughts and feelings of the late poet, who used to go about the country, side dressed up as a mediaevel bard. He wrote a little treatise entitled "Rhymes to be traded for broad" for use on such occasions, which is one of the group on view. Also in the exhibition are some lines written to Miss Lowell, entitled "Sentiment About the Aurora," "A Letter About my Four Programmes", containing some amusing quatrains and sketches, in which he refers to the "able and distinguished Amy Lowell," and "The Golden Book of Springfield," which tells about his birthplace.
A representative collection of medieval Psalters and books of hours forms the chief item now being shown in the Widener Library Treasure Room, as part of a display of Christmas pictures. A great number of these books are opened to pages depleting the Nativity in marginal or full-page illumination.
These books are mostly from the fourteenth century and are considered valuable from a standpoint of age and for their find illumination, and represent chiefly the works of German monks. They are part of the collection of medieval manuscripts donated by Senator Charles Sumner.
A first edition of Milyon's "Ode to the Nativity" is also to be seen, along with reproductions of famous illuminated pages from early books.
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