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review 2019-07-23 20:06
E.E. Cummings: A Poet's Life, Catherine Reef
E. E. Cummings: A Poet's Life - Catherine Reef

This book is aimed at the YA audience and I found it occassionally patronising in tone, but for the most part a pleasant read. It's quite heavily illustrated with photos and facsimilies and tries to explain not only the poet's life but how his work was experimental, innovative and challenging in terms of technique and sentiment (for its time).

 

I learned a lot, having previously known next to nothing about Cummings' life. He was a painter as well as a poet, heavily dependent financially on his parents for almost his whole life and only recognised for his genius quite late in life. He had a quite adventurous life, what with ending up interned in France during WWI and visiting Soviet Russia in the 1930s.

 

I can recommend this as an introduction to Cummings' life and work, but I still want to read a comprehensive biography aimed at adults.

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text 2019-07-23 17:07
Reading progress update: I've read 87 out of 142 pages.
E. E. Cummings: A Poet's Life - Catherine Reef

Cummings' second marriage was as unsuccessful as his first.

 

5 weeks in Soviet Russia led to strong opposition to socialism.

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text 2019-07-22 21:56
Reading progress update: I've read 74 out of 142 pages.
E. E. Cummings: A Poet's Life - Catherine Reef

Estlin's marriage is short-lived. Seems like Elaine wanted something more traditional. Estlin wasn't very traditional...

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text 2019-07-22 12:00
Reading progress update: I've read 62 out of 142 pages.
E. E. Cummings: A Poet's Life - Catherine Reef

Cummings eventually adopted his own illigitimate daughter.

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text 2019-07-19 21:25
Reading progress update: I've read 36 out of 142 pages.
E. E. Cummings: A Poet's Life - Catherine Reef

Cummings volunteered for the French Volunteer Ambulance Corp in order to avoid being drafted into the US Army during WWI. He ended up interred in a concentration camp because of his association with another American who had been writing letters home that the Censors didn't appreciate...Cummings wrote to his mother telling her that he was having "the time of his life" in prison!

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