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E.E. Cummings: A Life

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E.E. CUMMINGS: A LIFE Susan Cheever

E.E. Cummings: A Life

type:
Book
Current Status:
In Season
author:
Susan Cheever
publisher:
Pantheon
genre:
Biography

We gave it a B

The great poet E.E. Cummings often came across as playful and full of wonder in verse but could be dark, seething, and prone to anti-Semitic sentiments in private. At many points, Cheever creates a rousing narrative of Cummings’ turbulent personal life and fast-changing professional fortunes, but without a stronger point of view from the author, this summary-heavy biography feels like a CliffsNotes version of a more definitive volume on the iconoclast. B

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