The Enormous Room

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In 1917 young Edward Estlin Cummings went to France as a volunteer with a Red Cross ambulance unit on the western front. But his free-spirited, insubordinate ways soon got him tagged as a possible enemy of La Patrie, and he was summarily tossed into a French concentration camp at La Ferte-Mace in Normandy. Under the vilest conditions, Cummings found fulfillment of his ever elusive quest for freedom. The Enormous Room, his account of his four-month confinement, reads like a latter-day Pilgrim's Progress, a journey...
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In 1917 young Edward Estlin Cummings went to France as a volunteer with a Red Cross ambulance unit on the western front. But his free-spirited, insubordinate ways soon got him tagged as a possible enemy of La Patrie, and he was summarily tossed into a French concentration camp at La Ferte-Mace in Normandy. Under the vilest conditions, Cummings found fulfillment of his ever elusive quest for freedom. The Enormous Room, his account of his four-month confinement, reads like a latter-day Pilgrim's Progress, a journey into dispossession, to a place among the most debased and deprived of human creatures. Cummings's hopeful tone reflects the essential paradox of his existence: to lose everything is to become free, and so to be saved.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781470074869
  • Publisher: CreateSpace
  • Publication date: 3/15/2012
  • Pages: 164
  • Product dimensions: 8.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.37 (d)

Meet the Author

E. E. Cummings (1894–1962) was among the most influential, widely read, and revered modernist poets. His many awards included an Academy of American Poets Fellowship, two Guggenheim Fellowships, and the Bollingen Prize. Among his many volumes are The Enormous Room and Tulips & Chimneys.

Susan Cheever, a novelist and memoirist and the author of
E. E. Cummings: A Life, lives in New York.

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Table of Contents

Introduction
Suggestions for Further Reading
A Note on the Text
I I Begin a Pilgrimage 3
II En Route 18
III A Pilgrim's Progress 29
IV Le Nouveau 47
V A Group of Portraits 86
VI Apollyon 112
VII An Approach to the Delectable Mountains 134
VIII The Wanderer 164
IX Zoo-Loo 175
X Surplice 192
XI Jean Le Negre 204
XII Three Wise Men 223
XIII I Say Good-bye to La Misere 238
Glossary 253
App: Introduction 273
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  • Posted March 5, 2012

    This is one of the most remarkable books that I've ever read - a

    This is one of the most remarkable books that I've ever read - and I first flipped these pages 30+ years ago during my last year of college; the memories of this text stay with me still. How could anyone give these piece of writing less than '5' stars I'll never comprehend.

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