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E.E. Cummings

A Life
Cheever, Susan (Book - 2014 )
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A major reassessment of the life and work of the novelist, painter, and playwright considered to be one of America's preeminent twentieth-century poets. Cummings was and remains controversial--called "a master" or "hideous." In Susan Cheever's rich biography we see his idyllic childhood years in Cambridge, Massachusetts, with his sternly religious father and his loving, attentive mother. We see Cummings--slight, agile, playful, a product of a nineteenth-century New England childhood; his love of nature; his sense of fun, laughter, mimicry; his desire from the get-go to stand conventional wisdom on its head. At Harvard, he earned two degrees, discovered alcohol, fast cars, and burlesque, and raged against the school's exclusionary upper-class rule. He grew into a dark young man and set out on a lifelong course of rebellion against conventional authority. Headstrong and cavalier, he volunteered as an ambulance driver in World War I, working alongside Hemingway and Joyce. He permanently fled to Greenwich Village to be among other modernist poets of the day, and we see the development of both the poet and his work against the backdrop of modernism. Cheever's book gives us the evolution of an artist whose writing was at the forefront of what was new and daring and bold in an America in transition.--From publisher description.
Authors: Cheever, Susan
Title: E.E. Cummings
a life
Published: New York :, Pantheon Books,, [2014]
Edition: First edition.
Characteristics: xvii, 213 pages, 28 unnumbered pages of plates :,illustrations, portraits ;,24 cm
Contents: Preface: A visit to the masters school
Odysseus returns to Cambridge
104 Irving Street
Harvard
The Western Front
The enormous room
Greenwich Village : Elaine and Nancy
Anne Barton and Josef Stalin
Eimi and Marion Morehouse
No thanks
Ezra Pound and Santa Claus
Rebecca and Nancy
"I think I am falling in love with you"
Readings : a new career
Victory and defeat
Coda: Cummings's reputation in the twenty-first century
Afterword: Patchin place.
Summary: A major reassessment of the life and work of the novelist, painter, and playwright considered to be one of America's preeminent twentieth-century poets. Cummings was and remains controversial--called "a master" or "hideous." In Susan Cheever's rich biography we see his idyllic childhood years in Cambridge, Massachusetts, with his sternly religious father and his loving, attentive mother. We see Cummings--slight, agile, playful, a product of a nineteenth-century New England childhood; his love of nature; his sense of fun, laughter, mimicry; his desire from the get-go to stand conventional wisdom on its head. At Harvard, he earned two degrees, discovered alcohol, fast cars, and burlesque, and raged against the school's exclusionary upper-class rule. He grew into a dark young man and set out on a lifelong course of rebellion against conventional authority. Headstrong and cavalier, he volunteered as an ambulance driver in World War I, working alongside Hemingway and Joyce. He permanently fled to Greenwich Village to be among other modernist poets of the day, and we see the development of both the poet and his work against the backdrop of modernism. Cheever's book gives us the evolution of an artist whose writing was at the forefront of what was new and daring and bold in an America in transition.--From publisher description.
Local Note: 1
ISBN: 0307379973
9780307379979
Branch Call Number: B CUM
Statement of Responsibility: Susan Cheever
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references (pages 191-200) and index.
Subject Headings: Poets, American 20th century Biography. Cummings, E. E. (Edward Estlin), 1894-1962.
Topical Term: Poets, American
LCCN: 2013004225
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"A reassessment of the life and work of the preeminent 20th-century poet examines the idiosyncratic expressions that led to critical disagreements about his achievements, providing coverage of such topics as his Cambridge youth, Harvard education and relationships with fellow writers." Biography and Memoir April 2014 newsletter http://www.libraryaware.com/996/NewsletterIssues/ViewIssue/43337901-34d1-4c84-b134-32954b837d7d?postId=71b729f6-9022-4878-baad-967f3a6f4063

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