Cale Young Rice
Life and career
He was born in Dixon, Kentucky, to Laban Marchbanks Rice, a Confederate veteran and tobacco merchant, and his wife Martha Lacy. He was a younger brother of Laban Lacy Rice, a noted educator. Cale Rice grew up in Evansville, Indiana, and Louisville, Kentucky. He was educated at Cumberland University and at Harvard (A.B., 1895; A.M., 1896).
He was married to the popular author Alice Hegan Rice; they worked together on several books. The marriage was childless, and Cale committed suicide by gunshot during the night of January 23–24 at his home in Louisville a year after her death due to his sorrow at losing her.
Cale Rice's poems were collected and published in a single volume by his brother, Laban Lacy Rice.
His birthplace in Dixon is designated by Kentucky State Historical Marker 1508, which reads:
"Birthplace of Rice brothers, Cale Young, 1872-1943, noted poet and author; Laban Lacy, 1870-1973, well-known educator and author. Lacy published The Best Poetic Works of Cale Young Rice after Cale's death. Included in famous collection is poem, "The Mystic." Cale married Alice Hegan, also a distinguished Kentucky writer. Home overlooks Memorial Garden." 
Rice adapted his play Yolanda of Cyprus into an opera libretto for Clarence Loomis; the resulting work was premiered on September 25, 1929 in London, Ontario, under the baton of Isaac Van Grove, and featured Charles Kullman. The production was directed by Vladimir Rosing. The opera later received the Bispham Memorial Medal Award.
- From Dusk to Dusk (1898)
- With Omar (1900)
- Song Surf (1900)
- Nirvana Days (1908)
- Many Gods (1910)
- At the World's Heart (1914)
- Charles di Tocca (1903)
- Yolanda of Cyprus (1906)
- A Night in Avignon (1907)
- The Immortal Lure (1911)
- Porzia (1913)
- Collected Plays and Poems (two volumes, 1915)
- John E. Kleber - The Kentucky Encyclopedia
- Lowell Hayes Harrison, A New History of Kentucky (1997), p. 324.
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- Margaret Ross Griffel; Adrienne Fried Block (1999). Operas in English: A Dictionary. Greenwood Press. ISBN 978-0-313-25310-2.
- Ken Wlaschin (2006). Encyclopedia of American Opera. McFarland & Company. ISBN 978-0-7864-2109-1.
- This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Gilman, D. C.; Thurston, H. T.; Colby, F. M., eds. (1905). "article name needed". New International Encyclopedia (1st ed.). New York: Dodd, Mead.
- Works by Cale Young Rice at Project Gutenberg
- Works by or about Cale Young Rice at Internet Archive
- Works by Cale Young Rice at LibriVox (public domain audiobooks)
- "PLAYS AND LYRICS.; The Collected Poems of Cale Young Rice -- His Tragedies "Yolanda of Cyprus" and "David."". New York Times. August 11, 1906. Retrieved 2008-08-10.
- Cale Young Rice on Find a Grave
- Guide to the Cale Young Rice papers, 1927-1939 housed at the University of Kentucky Libraries Special Collections Research Center
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