E. E. Cummings

American poet

1894   -   1962

movement: Surrealism
genre: Modernist literature
country of citizenship: United States of America
native language: American English
educated at: Harvard University
occupation: poet, painter, playwright, writer, novelist
award received: John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship, Bollingen Prize, Shelley Memorial Award
influenced by: Gertrude Stein, Amy Lowell

Edward Estlin "E. E." Cummings (October 14, 1894 – September 3, 1962), often styled as e e cummings, as he is attributed in many of his published works, was an American poet, painter, essayist, author, and playwright. He wrote approximately 2,900 poems, two autobiographical novels, four plays, and several essays. Cummings is associated with modernist free-form poetry. Much of his work has idiosyncratic syntax and uses lower case spellings for poetic expression. His use of lower case extended to rendering even the personal pronoun I as i, as in the phrase "i shall go.” Cummings was politically neutral much of his life until the rise of the Cold War, when he became a Republican and a supporter of Joseph McCarthy. He taught briefly at Harvard University in the 1950s before his death in 1962.
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The Enormous Room

book by E.E. Cummings

author: E. E. Cummings



1933 book

author: E. E. Cummings

Fairy Tales

1965 collection of short stories

author: E. E. Cummings


No Thanks

1935 collection of poetry

author: E. E. Cummings


Puella Mea

poem by E. E. Cummings

author: E. E. Cummings


Tulips and Chimneys

1923 collection of poetry

author: E. E. Cummings


Is 5

1926 collection of poetry

author: E. E. Cummings



1931 collection of artwork

author: E. E. Cummings


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