e. e. cummings

e. e. cummings From The Author Of American Bloomsbury, Louisa May Alcott, And Home Before Dark, 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 At The Time Of His Death In 1962, At Age Sixty Eight, He Was, After Robert Frost, The Most Widely Read Poet In The United States E E Cummings Was And Remains Controversial He Has Been Called A Master Malcolm Cowley Hideous Edmund Wilson James Dickey Called Him A Daringly Original Poet With Vitality And Sheer Uncompromising Talent Than Any Other Living American Writer In Susan Cheever S Rich, Illuminating Biography We See Cummings S Idyllic Childhood Years In Cambridge, Massachusetts His Calvinist Father Distinguished Harvard Professor And Sternly Religious Minister Of The Cambridge Congregational Church His Mother Loving, Attentive, A Source Of Encouragement, The Aristocrat Of The Family, From Unitarian Writers, Judges, And Adventurers We See Cummings Slight, Agile, Playful, A Product Of A Nineteenth Century New England Childhood, Bred To Be Flinty And Determined His Love Of Nature His Sense Of Fun, Laughter, Mimicry His Desire From The Get Go To Stand Conventional Wisdom On Its Head, Which He Himself Would Often Do, Literally, To Amuse At Harvard, He Roomed With John Dos Passos Befriended Lincoln Kirstein Read Latin, Greek, And French Earned Two Degrees Discovered Alcohol, Fast Cars, And Burlesque At The Old Howard Theater And Raged Against The School S Conservative, Exclusionary Upper Class Rule By A Lawrence Lowell In Cheever S Book We See That Beneath Cummings S Blissful, Golden Childhood The Strains Of Sadness And Rage Were Already At Play He Grew Into A Dark Young Man And Set Out On A Lifelong Course Of Rebellion Against Conventional Authority And The Critical Establishment, Devouring The Poetry Of Ezra Pound, Whose Radical Verses Pushed Cummings Away From The Politeness Of The Traditional Nature Poem Toward A Adventurous, Sexually Conscious Form We See That Cummings S Self Imposed Exile From Cambridge A Town He D Come To Hate For Its Intellectualism, Puritan Uptightness, Racism, And Self Righteous Xenophobia Seemed Necessary For Him As A Man And A Poet Headstrong And Cavalier, He Volunteered As An Ambulance Driver In World War I, Working Alongside Hemingway, Joyce, And Ford Madox Ford His Ongoing Stand Against The Imprisonment Of His Soul Taking A Literal Turn When He Was Held In A Makeshift Prison For Undesirables And Spies, An Experience That Became The Basis For His Novel, The Enormous Room We Follow Cummings As He Permanently Flees To Greenwich Village To Be Among Other Modernist Poets Of The Day Marianne Moore, Hart Crane, Dylan Thomas And We See The Development Of Both The Poet And His Work Against The Backdrop Of Modernism And Through The Influences Of His Contemporaries Stein, Amy Lowell, Joyce, And Pound Cheever S Fascinating 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 With 28 Pages Of Black And White Images.

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  • Hardcover
  • 240 pages
  • e. e. cummings
  • Susan Cheever
  • English
  • 13 June 2017
  • 0307379973

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  1. says:

    I value freedom and have never expected freedom to be anything less than indecent.e.e cummings E.E Cummings A Life by Susan Cheever is a biography of the American poet, Cheever is a graduate of Brown University, a Guggenheim Fellow, and director of the board of the Yaddo Corporation She currently teaches in the MFA program at Bennington College and the New School Cheever is the author of over a dozen books, including American Bloomsbury The book is short for a biography of a man with a I value freedom and have never expected freedom to be anything less than indecent.e.e cummings E.E Cummings A Life by Susan Cheever is a biography of the American poet, Cheever is a graduate of Brown University, a Guggenheim Fellow, and director of the board of the Yaddo Corporation She currently teaches in the MFA program at Bennington College and the New School Cheever is the author of over a dozen books, including American Bloomsbury The book is short for a biography of a ...

  2. says:

    I m glad the author included this e.e communings poem I think I had it memorized in High School may I feel said he i ll squeal said she just once said he it s fun said she may I touch said he how much said she a lot said he why not said she let s go said he not to far said she what s too far said he where you are said she may i stay said he which way said she like this said he if you kiss said she may i move said he is it love said she if you re willing said he but you re killing I m glad the author included this e.e communings poem I think I had it memorized in High School may I feel said he i ll squeal said she just once said he it s fun said she may I touch said he how much said she a lot said he why not said she let s go said he not to far said she what s too far said he where you are said she may i stay said he which way said she like this said he if you kiss said she may i move said he is it love said she if you re willing said he but you re killing said she but its life said he but your wife said she now said he ow said she tiptop said he don t stop sad she oh no said he go slow said she cccome said he ummm said she you re divine said he you are Mine said sheI enjoye...

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    A fair enough biography, but with some qualms 1 possibly because Cheever herself is the daughter of a famous writer, she seems a bithung up on Cummings s daughter than seems strictly necessary2 she makes a couple of waves at addressing Cummings s alleged anti Semitism, but never really grapples with it in any prolonged way3 building off 2, she makes a couple of excellent forays into laying bare the mechanics of writing a biography, but only a couple I d have preferred either ath A fair enough biography, but with some qualms 1 possibly because Cheever herself is the daughter of a famous writer, she seems a bithung up on Cummings s daughter than seems strictly necessary2 she makes a couple of waves at addressing Cummings s alleged anti Semitism, but never really grapples with it in any prolonged way3 building off 2, she makes a couple of excellent forays into laying bare the me...

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    True to it s title, E E Cummings A Life shows the life of America s first modernist in all its banality Readers gravitate toward biography partly for this precise reason it reassures us that our lives are not so different than those of our favorite personalities by demonstrating how their lives were not so different from our own In many ways, Cummings needs this kind of treatment, because he was not only the first American modernist, he was arguably the only American modernist His app True to it s title, E E Cummings A Life shows the life of America s first modernist in all its banality Readers gravitate toward biography partly for this precise reason it reassures us that our lives are not so different than those of our favorite personalities by demonstrating how their lives were not so different from our own In many ways, Cummings needs this kind of treatment, because he was not only the first American modernist, he was arguably the only American modernist His apparent descent from outer space and fleeting time on the scene creates an enigma that isn t explained by the two or three poems we re treated to as undergrads Understanding his pseudo Brahmin roots replete with childhood melodrama and romantic failures only serve to enhance our understanding of Cummings s poetry.Of course, between those two existential bookends comes the e e cummings we all know a...

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    When we begin this biography of E E Cummings we re aware that Susan Cheever knew him through her father, John The opening is fascinating as she tells of the night in 1958 she met him following a poetry reading She sat in the back seat and studied him while her father drove Cummings from the reading in Westchester, at Susan s school, to his home in Patchin Place in Greenwich Village Her portrait is of a puckish and likable man It s unfortunate that what looks at first to be an intimate book When we begin this biography of E E Cummings we re aware that Susan Cheever knew him through her father, John The opening is fascinating as she tells of the night in 1958 she met him following a poetry reading She sat in the back seat and studied him while her father drove Cummings from the reading in Westchester, at Susan s school, to his home in Patchin Place in Greenwich Village Her portrait is of a puckish and likable man It s unfortunate that what looks at first to be an intimate book on Cummings, a memoir of their connection, quickly turns into conventional biography Friendship seems to be acquaintance And perhaps it s because she s unable to draw on a close and personal association with him that the book settles into a study as thin and frail as Cummings himself.I m generous with stars these days Still, this book doesn t deliver I don t think Cheever tells us anything about Cummings we didn t already know Or any perspective on his character and work that we haven t come across before...

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    Perhaps we shouldn t read biographies of artists we admire It can make it difficult to then read the poems without a veil of distaste getting in the way.Cheever tells us cummings wasn t irresponsible he just loved the innocence of childhood Yes, and he was irresponsible And anti Semitic And he was a bohemian who wanted to shake off the rigidity of the Cambridge society he grew up in But he borrowed money from his mother constantly Cheever portrays him as the victim in his relationship with Perhaps we shouldn t read biographies of artists we admire It can make it difficult to then read the poems without a veil of distaste getting in the way.Cheever tells us cummings wasn t irresponsible he just loved the innocence of childhood Yes, and he was irresponsible And anti Semitic And he was a bohemian who wanted to shake off the rigidity of the Cambridge society he grew up in But he borrowed money from his mother constantly Cheever portrays him as the victim in his relationship with his daughter, without giving us any indication that he really tried to keep in touch with Nancy or see her.Beyond my dislike of cummings, the book is just poorly written Many judgements are just told to us rather than shown through illustration The book doesn t doesn t flow easily but is held up by repetitions and explanations and theories being rehashed.Other times I would have welcomed an explanation Marion, who was so kind and w...

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    Cummings is a pivotal figure in the creation of modern verse, and Cheever conveys his journey with color, warmth, and understanding, especially his imprisonment in France during the First World War, his father s death...

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    This was a special treat coming from the daughter of author John Cheever, and provided an insider s view of the poet I d just read The Enormous Room, and enjoyed learning about the back story of Cumming s involvement in WWI I was initially dismayed to learn about Cumming s anti communist leanings since he seemed tailor made for the liberal s attitude or as William James might ha...

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    Susan Cheever does an adequate job of outlining the life of E.E Cummings, but her attempt at interpretation falls short no pun intended for these 190 pages.The portrait Cheever draws of this modern poet is belied by the very actions she reports The biggest gap in words and deeds are the numerous references to his great love for his daughter, Nancy An example of this great love is that when her mother leaves him, Cummings doesn t use the gun he procures to kill the mother, the soon to be st Susan Cheever does an adequate job of outlining the life of E.E Cummings, but her attempt at interpretation falls short no pun intended for these 190 pages.The portrait Cheever draws of this modern poet is belied by the very actions she reports The biggest gap in words and deeds are the numerous references to his great love f...

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    Though I ve never done justice to his poetry, for the most part simply scanning it now and then, E.E Cummings as author of The Enormous Room has had a profound influence on my life I would have likely have still studied history without ever following my friends advice by picking it up, but Cummings busted a lot of my preconceived notions about war and America and the whole progress of Western Civilization in the 20th century.It s safe to presume that everybody has an idea of who E.E Cummings Though I ve never done justice to his poetry, for the most part simply scanning it now and then, E.E Cummings as author of The Enormous Room has had a profound influence on my life I would have likely have still studied history without ever following my friends advice by picking it up, but Cummings busted a lot of my preconceived notions about war and America and the whole progress of Western Civilization in the 20th century.It s safe to presume that everybody has an idea of who E.E Cummings was At the least he can be recalled as the guy who wrote that poem with all the blank spaces and weird punctuation Also, likely read on the same day as the poem about the chicken and the wheelbarrow Unfortunately Susan Cheever s polished product of a biography misses several opportunities to break through my polite expectations for this biography I wanted an overview of Cummings life and work, and some broad analysis of what ...

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