e e cummings

Cummings, E. E.

E. E. Cummings: (Edward Estlin Cummings), 1894–1962, American poet, b. Cambridge, Mass., grad. Harvard, 1915. His poetry, noted for its eccentricities of typography (notably the lack of capitalization), language, and punctuation, usually seeks to convey a joyful, living awareness of sex and love. Among his 15 volumes are Tulips and Chimneys (1923), his first collection, Is 5 (1926), and 95 Poems (1958). A prose account of his war internment in France, The Enormous Room (1922), is considered one of the finest books written about World War I. Cummings was also an accomplished artist whose paintings and drawings were exhibited in several one-man shows.

See his Complete Poems, 1913–1962 (2 vol., 1972; rev. ed. 2013); biographies by R. S. Kennedy (1980), C. Sawyer-Lauçcanno (2004), and S. Cheever (2014); N. Friedman, Cummings: The Growth of a Writer (1980).

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Selected full-text books and articles on this topic

e. e. cummings: The Growth of a Writer
Norman Friedman.
Southern Illinois University Press, 1964
e. e. cummings and the Critics
S. V. Baum.
Michigan State University Press, 1962
Collected Poems
E. E. Cummings.
Harcourt, Brace, 1938
The Enormous Room
E. E. Cummings.
Modern Library, 1934
Is 5
E. E. Cummings.
Liveright Publishing, 1926
The Continuity of American Poetry
Roy Harvey Pearce.
Princeton University Press, 1961
Librarian’s tip: "Cummings" p. 359
The Modern Poets: An American-British Anthology
John Malcolm Brinnin; Bill Read.
McGraw-Hill, 1963
Librarian’s tip: "e.e. cummings" p. 66
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