E.E. Cummings: A Life 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… E.E. Cummings: A Life 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… 2014-02-11 Biography Pantheon
Book Review

E.E. Cummings: A Life (2014)

E.E. CUMMINGS: A LIFE Susan Cheever
E.E. CUMMINGS: A LIFE Susan Cheever
EW's GRADE
B

Details Release Date: Feb 11, 2014; Writer: Susan Cheever; Genre: Biography; Publisher: Pantheon

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

Originally posted Feb 12, 2014 Published in issue #1299 Feb 21, 2014 Order article reprints
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