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E. E. Cummings

E. E. Cummings (1894–1962) was among the most influential, widely read, and revered modernist poets. He was also a playwright, a painter, and a writer of prose. Born in Cambridge, Massachusetts, he studied at Harvard University and, during World War I, served with an ambulance corps in France. He spent three months in a French detention camp and subsequently wrote The Enormous Room, a highly acclaimed criticism of World War I. After the war, Cummings returned to the States and published his first collection of poetry, Tulips & Chimneys, which was characterized by his innovative style: pushing the boundaries of language and form while discussing love, nature, and war with sensuousness and glee. He spent the rest of his life painting, writing poetry, and enjoying widespread popularity and success.

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Books by E. E. Cummings

  1. Book Cover22 and 50 Poems


    A new volume in the Liveright series of Cummings reissues, offset from the authoritative Complete Poems 1904-1962.More

  2. Book Cover73 Poems


    "Cummings...at his most unfoolish and poetic best."—NationMore

  3. Book Cover95 Poems


    A paperback collection newly offset from Complete Poems 1904-1962 with an afterword by the Cummings scholar George James Firmage.More

  4. Book CoverAnOther E.E. Cummings


    An eye-opening selection of Cumming's more avant-garde poetry and prose.More

  5. Book CoverE. E. Cummings: Complete Poems, 1904–1962


    Presented here in a bold new edition, E. E. Cummings: Complete Poems 1904–1962 showcases Cummings’s transcendent body of work, collected in its entirety.More

  6. Book CoverEIMI: A Journey Through Soviet Russia


    A reissue of E. E. Cummings's long-unavailable, yet pointed and moving story of a journey through Soviet Russia.More

  7. Book CoverThe Enormous Room


    "A prose work of literary art. There had never been anything quite like it before and there has never been anything like it since." —Richard S. KennedyMore

  8. Book CoverThe Enormous Room

    New Edition

    “Of all the work by young men who have sprung up since 1920 one book survives—The Enormous Room by E. E. Cummings.”—F. Scott FitzgeraldMore

  9. Book CoverErotic Poems


    E. E. Cummings’s erotic poems and drawings gathered in a single volume.More

  10. Book CoverEtcetera: The Unpublished Poems of E. E. Cummings


    A new volume in the Liveright series of Cummings reissues, offset from the authoritative Complete Poems 1904-1962.More

  11. Book CoverFairy Tales


    These whimsical, timeless tales, by one of our most treasured poets, will appeal to any generation.More

  12. Book CoverIs 5


    Fresh and candid, by turns earthy, tender, defiant, and romantic, Cummings's poems celebrate the uniqueness of each individual, the need to protest the dehumanizing force of organizations, and the exuberant power of love.More

  13. Book CoverNo Thanks


    Reissued in an edition newly offset from the authoritative Complete Poems 1904-1962, edited by George James Firmage.More

  14. Book CoverOne Times One


    A paperback collection newly offset from Complete Poems 1904-1962 with an afterword by the Cummings scholar George James Firmage.More

  15. Book CoverSelected Poems


    "No one else has ever made avant-garde, experimental poems so attractive to both the general and the special reader."—Randall JarrellMore

  16. Book CoverThe Theatre of E. E. Cummings


    The complete collection of E. E. Cummings’s writing for the stage, from the most inventive poet of the twentieth century.More

  17. Book CoverTulips and Chimneys


    Fresh and candid, by turns earthy, tender, defiant, and romantic, Cummings's poems celebrate the uniqueness of each individual, the need to protest the dehumanizing force of organizations, and the exuberant power of love.More

  18. Book CoverViVa


    Fresh and candid, but turns earthy, defiant, and romantic, E. E. Cummings' poems celebrate the uniqueness of each individual, the need to protest the dehumanizing force of organizations, and the exuberant power of love.More

  19. Book CoverXAIPE


    XAIPE (Greek for "rejoice"), which first appeared in 1950, contains some of E. E. Cummings's finest work.More