Stephan Lee
February 14, 2014 AT 05:00 AM EST

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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