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The Enormous Room (Dodo Press)

E. E. Cummings

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Paperback. 248 pages. Dimensions: 9.0in. x 6.0in. x 0.6in.Edward Estlin Cummings (1894-1962), popularly known as E. E. Cummings, was an American poet, painter, essayist, author, and playwright. He is remembered as a preeminent voice of 20th century poetry. His body of work encompasses more than 900 poems, several plays and essays, numerous drawings, sketches, and paintings, as well as two novels. In 1917, Cummings enlisted in the Norton-Harjes Ambulance Corp, but due to an administrative mix-up was not assigned to an ambulance unit for five weeks, during which time he stayed in Paris. Just five months after his belated assignment, he and a friend were arrested on suspicion of espionage and were sent to a military detention camp. Cummings experiences in the camp were later related in his novel, The Enormous Room (1922). His next published work was a collection of poems entitled Tulips and Chimneys (1923). This work was the publics first encounter with his characteristic eccentric use of grammar and punctuation. During his lifetime, Cummings published four plays: HIM (1927), Anthropos: or, the Future of Art (1930), Tom: A Ballet (1935) and Santa Claus: A Morality (1946). This item ships from multiple locations. Your book may arrive from Roseburg,OR, La Vergne,TN. Bookseller Inventory # 9781409931768

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Title: The Enormous Room (Dodo Press)

Publisher: Dodo Press

Binding: Paperback

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Edward Estlin Cummings (1894-1962), popularly known as E. E. Cummings, was an American poet, painter, essayist, author, and playwright. He is remembered as a preeminent voice of 20th century poetry. His body of work encompasses more than 900 poems, several plays and essays, numerous drawings, sketches, and paintings, as well as two novels. In 1917, Cummings enlisted in the Norton-Harjes Ambulance Corp, but due to an administrative mix-up was not assigned to an ambulance unit for five weeks, during which time he stayed in Paris. Just five months after his belated assignment, he and a friend were arrested on suspicion of espionage and were sent to a military detention camp. Cummings' experiences in the camp were later related in his novel, The Enormous Room (1922). His next published work was a collection of poems entitled Tulips and Chimneys (1923). This work was the public's first encounter with his characteristic eccentric use of grammar and punctuation. During his lifetime, Cummings published four plays: HIM (1927), Anthropos: or, the Future of Art (1930), Tom: A Ballet (1935) and Santa Claus: A Morality (1946).

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Edward Estlin Cummings was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in 1894, the son of a Unitarian minister. Educated at Harvard, in 1917 he moved to Greenwich Village in New York City and began to write poetry and paint. In June of that year he went to France as a Red Cross volunteer with the ambulance corps and was soon arrested and imprisoned, though not charged with a crime, in a French concentration camp. That experience inspired his autobiographical novel, The Enormous Room, which was published in 1922. The next year Tulips and Chimneys, the first of his many volumes of poetry, appeared. It is for his typographically creative poetry that he is best known, but Cummings also painted and wrote expressionist verse drama and prose. Until the 1930s, he preferred the lowercase e.e. cummings. He lived in Paris for a few years after World War I, then returned to New York. He died in 1962 in North Conway, New Hampshire.
Samuel Hynes is Woodrow Wilson Professor of Literature Emeritus at Princeton University and the author of several major works of literary criticism, including The Auden Generation, Edwardian Occasions, and The Edwardian Turn of Mind. Hynes's wartime experiences as a Marine Corps pilot were the basis for his highly praised memoir, Flights of Passage. The Soldiers' Tale, his book about soldiers' narratives of the two world wars and Vietnam, won a Robert F. Kennedy Award. He is also a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.

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