By E.E. Cummings

One of crucial and well known American poets of the twentieth century, e. e. cummings is healthier identified for his impressive and leading edge verse and its precise loss of uppercase letters and standard grammar. He used to be additionally a Cubist painter and a global warfare I veteran. on the age of 23, he deserted his inventive goals for voluntary carrier as an ambulance motive force in France. His army occupation culminated in a comedy of mistakes resulting in his arrest and imprisonment for treason, as he memorably recounts in The huge, immense Room. Cummings transforms a story of unjust incarceration right into a high-energy romp and a party of the indomitable human spirit that ranks with the easiest of its contemporaries, together with the works of Hemingway and Dos Passos. This variation restores an important volume of fabric deleted from the book's preliminary book in 1922.

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