Dreams in the Mirror: A Biography of E.E. Cummings

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W. W. Norton & Company, 1994 - 529 pages

Along with Pound, Eliot, and Joyce, Edward Estlin Cummings is one of the leading American poets who revolutionized literary expression in the twentieth century. He was also a Cubist painter, a champion of the little man, a brilliant conversationalist, a romantic idealist, a famous irrational curmudgeon, and husband to three of the most beautiful women of his time. This critical biography merges these various selves into one fascinating life story, many chapters of which could be mistaken for a great romantic novel. In following Cummings's development as a poet, it also includes a large number of previously unpublished poems and drawings.

 

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Contents

An Introduction to Someone and anyone
3
Origins
8
The Realm of the Goatfooted Balloonman
19
Longfellow s Latest Disciple
35
The Harvard Experience Studies
52
The Harvard Experience Verse Friends Rebellion
73
The Poet Finds a Patron
105
The Emergent Styles
115
The Ordeals of Olaf and Estlin
316
The Unworld Visited
327
Marion
336
Gratitude to Almost No One
350
A Stranger in the Supercolossal West 1935
359
The Undanced Tom
371
The War
378
Oneness and Santa Claus
399

The Pacifist Warrior 1917
133
A War time Interlude
159
Private Cummings 1918
172
Elaine
189
Some Firsts
202
The Great War Seen from the Windows of Nowhere
216
Europe 19211924
226
Disaster
249
The Struggle for Nancy
266
Anne and Him
281
Anne and Russia
304
Reunion and Revelation
410
The Nonprofessor at Harvard
431
Verbal Vibrations A New Career
445
Oneliness Loneliness
459
XXXII
477
Chronological List of E E Cummings Works
487
Bibliographical Essay
488
Notes
491
Index
515
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