E. E. Cummings: The Growth of a Writer

E. E. Cummings: The Growth of a Writer

by Norman Friedman
     
 

This book may well be the standard work on e. e. cummings in our time. Mr. Friedman, the outstanding authority on the poet, has provided us with a comprehensive view and a handbook-survey to guide the reader toward a fuller appreciation of cummings’s work. The book traces the poet’s development as a writer: where and when Cummings found his major

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This book may well be the standard work on e. e. cummings in our time. Mr. Friedman, the outstanding authority on the poet, has provided us with a comprehensive view and a handbook-survey to guide the reader toward a fuller appreciation of cummings’s work. The book traces the poet’s development as a writer: where and when Cummings found his major themes, their significance, and where and when he mastered his characteristic way of embodying these themes.

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“I admire the efficiency and thoroughness of this book. Almost all of the factual con­clusions and informative observations are in­disputable… Cummings’s vision emerges significantly in his middle and later volumes, as Mr. Friedman points out.”—R. E. Wegner, American Literature

“The poems are discussed with expert­ness and with critical joy, by Mr. Friedman, who treats cummings’s books in this full and notable study. It deals not only with the poet’s lyric and comic aspects, but very im­portantly examines the ‘basic mystical in­sight which is the real foundation of his work.’ Twentieth-century readers owe e. e. cummings a great debt for being the grand and joyful poet that he was; they also owe a debt to Mr. Friedman for interpreting his writings.”—Harry T. Moore

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780809309788
Publisher:
Southern Illinois University Press
Publication date:
09/01/1980
Series:
Arcturus Books Paperbacks
Edition description:
1st Edition
Pages:
208
Product dimensions:
4.88(w) x 7.88(h) x 0.63(d)

Meet the Author

Norman Friedman is Professor of English at Queens College. He previously taught at the New School of Research and at the Uni­versities of Nantes and Nice in France, where he held Fulbright lectureships. He has won a Northwest Review poetry prize, and two Borestone Mountain Poetry Awards. His pub­lished works include Poetry: An Introduction to Its Form and Art and Logic, Rhetoric and Style (both with C. A. McLaughlin).

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