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).

The Columbia Encyclopedia, 6th ed. Copyright© 2015, The Columbia University Press.

e e cummings: Selected full-text books and articles

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