Complete Poems 1913-1962 by E.E. Cummings
New York : Harcourt, Brace & Jovanovich, 1972. Hardcover. 866 pages ; 25 cm. A very good copy with firm binding and no markings within the pages.
Complete Poems 1913-1962 BY E. E. CUMMINGS
This is the first complete edition of the poetry of E. E. Cummings to be published in the United States. It includes the contents of twelve individual volumes and, for the first time in a popular edition, the holograph poem "the boys I mean are not refined," which was published just once in this country, in a limited edition of nine copies of No Thanks, in 1935, by the Golden Eagle Press, priced at $99. In subsequent editions of Cummings's work, this poem was dropped.
Included in this book are the texts of Tulips and Chimneys, & [And], XLI Poems, is 5, W [ViVa], No Thanks, New Poems, 50 Poems, 1 x 1 [One Times One], XAIPE, 95 Poems, and 73 Poems.
Cyril Connolly has called Cummings "the Catullus of the Modern Movement"; like the great Latin poet, he was both a fastidious and a sensual writer. His poetry displays a mind gifted far beyond the ordinary and the temperament of a thoroughbred. He is a poet of gaiety, at once tender and wise, yet a man who endured and described, without self-pity or fear, the miseries of World War I.
Cummings embodies the virtues of the New England tradition which tempered his mind, his life, and his art. Today many of his most enthusiastic admirers are among the young. In this complete presentation of his work, he is revealed as one of the most gifted and original men in American letters.
E. E. CUMMINGS was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in 1894, and died in Madison, New Hampshire, on September 3, 1962. He took his bachelor's degree from Harvard in 1915 and his master's degree in 1916. Out of his experience in World War 1 came his first book, The Enormous Room, published in 1922, a classic among war books.
Throughout his life Cummings was interested in a variety of literary and art forms. Examples extend to plays—Him, performed at the Province-town Playhouse in 1928, and Santa Claus: A Morality; a ballet, Tom, based on Uncle Tom's Cabin; and a collection of pictures, CIOPW, done in charcoal, ink, oil, pencil, and water color. Other books are Eimi, a journal of a trip to Soviet Russia; Anthropos: The Future of Art; and i: six nonlectures, originally delivered as the Charles Eliot Norton Lectures at Harvard University. He painted all of his life, and once referred to himself as "an author of pictures, a draughtsman of words."
"The two modes of his poetry, lyricism and satire, he joined in a unified vision of the modern world; in this he was unique. A New England aristocrat, he was in the great tradition of the dissidence of dissent: it was dissent from all that was easy, liberal, and vulgar: he was his own man. Estlin Cummings was a non-political, radical reactionary who in a dehumanized world went back to the roots of our humanity. He was first and last a deeply religious poet." — Allen Tate
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