The Enormous Room

The Enormous Room

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“Of all the work by young men who have sprung up since 1920 one book survives—The Enormous Room by E. E. Cummings.”—F. Scott Fitzgerald


The most notable work of fiction from our most beloved modernist poet, The Enormous Room was one of the greatest—yet still not fully recognized— American literary works to emerge out of World War I. Drawing on E. E. Cummings’s experiences in France as a volunteer ambulance driver, this novel takes us through a series of mishaps that led to the poet’s being arrested for treason and imprisoned. Out of this trauma Cummings produced a work like no other—a story of oppression and injustice told with his characteristic linguistic energy and unflappable exuberance, which celebrates the spirit of the individual and offers a brave and brilliant opposition in the face of the inhumanity of war.

Illustrated with drawings Cummings made while imprisoned in France and featuring an illuminating new introduction by Susan Cheever, this reissued edition offers a unique and multifaceted lens onto the inner life of the poet in his youth and demands recognition by a twenty-first-century readership.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780871409287
Publisher: Liveright Publishing Corporation
Publication date: 10/20/2014
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 392
Sales rank: 1,213,407
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

E. E. Cummings (1894–1962) was among the most influential, widely read, and revered modernist poets. He was also a playwright, a painter, and a writer of prose. Born in Cambridge, Massachusetts, he studied at Harvard University and, during World War I, served with an ambulance corps in France. He spent three months in a French detention camp and subsequently wrote The Enormous Room, a highly acclaimed criticism of World War I. After the war, Cummings returned to the States and published his first collection of poetry, Tulips & Chimneys, which was characterized by his innovative style: pushing the boundaries of language and form while discussing love, nature, and war with sensuousness and glee. He spent the rest of his life painting, writing poetry, and enjoying widespread popularity and success.

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

George J. Firmage edited many works by Cummings, including
Erotic Poems; Complete Poems, 1904– 1962; and Fairy Tales.

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The Enormous Room (Barnes & Noble Library of Essential Reading) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 30 reviews.
Catgoil More than 1 year ago
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.
rreis on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I love this book. Cummings knows his way with words... His portrayal is a poem to humanity and a visceral sketch of the man against the stupidity of "the system". But "the system" are, in the end, also individuals and everything reduces to the individual and his personal position in life. I like Cummings writing for what he writes and the way he does it.
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