E. E. Cummings by E. E. Cummings
Complete Poems, 1904-1962 (Revised, Corrected, and Expanded Edition)

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This centennial edition of E. E. Cumming's Complete Poems, published in celebration of his birth on October 14, 1894, contains all of the poems published or designated for publication by the poet in his lifetime.

At the time of his death in 1962, E. E. Cummings was, next to Robert Frost, the most widely read poet in America. Combining Thoreau's controlled belligerence with the brash abandon of an uninhibited bohemian, Cummings, together with Pound, Eliot, and William Carlos Williams, helped bring about the twentieth-century revolution in literary expression. He is recognized on the one hand as the author of some of the most beautiful lyric poems written in the English language, and on the other as one of the most inventive American poets of his time—in the worlds of Richard Kostelanetz, "the major American poet of the middle-twentieth-century."
 

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E. E. Cummings (1894-1962) was among the most influential, widely read, and revered modernist poets. His many awards included an Academy of American Poets Fellowship, two Guggenheim Fellowships, and the Bollingen Prize. Among his many volumes are The Enormous Room and Tulips & Chimneys.
 
Published April 17, 1994 by Liveright. 1136 pages
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His signature lower-case lines, punctuated by parenthetical phrases that deconstruct and reconstruct meaning: “you will go(kiss me / down into your memory and / a memory and memory / i)kiss me(will go).” Myers’s illustrations take the images offered by the poems and give them glorious color, fig...

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While there have been a number of plays produced based on cumming's poetic works, of his three actual plays, Him, Santa Claus, and Anthropos, only the first has ever been staged.

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San Francisco Chronicle

In Michael Schmidt's enthralling survey of the length and breadth of English poetry, "Lives of the Poets," the writer of such famous poems as "Buffalo Bill's/ defunct," "since feeling is first" and "somewhere i have never travelled" is given this amusing introduction: "Edward Estlin Cummings was ...

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Seattle PI

In the four works for stage in this volume not only are these themes expressed, you will see how throughout the span of his writing life cummings continued to experiment with language and the ways it could be used for communication.

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The New York Review of Books

The book is addressed to “the common reader, especially the reader who is familiar with Cummings’s poems, plays, and prose narratives.” But editorial tact often gives the reader a headache.

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ForeWord Reviews

Playful, idiosyncratic, and iconoclastically original, Cummings is unique, his work perhaps the most instantly recognized of all American poetry.

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Project MUSE

With his overt rejection of rules that kids have only recently mastered, Cummings is a popular poet with young readers, but often they don't get beyond his structural innovation to the life of the man behind it.

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February 14th, 2013 reset - + IT’S A KNEE-JERK RESPONSE: say “love poem” and I’ll say “E.E.

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