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In asking "Who, as a writer, am I?" e.e. Cummings's affirmation of life resolved into serenity as he described himself as someone "whose only happiness is to transcend himself, whose every agony is to grow." This collection of Cummings reading his own poetry embodies this in an unforgettable way.

While perhaps best remembered for his use of such visual devices as typography
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Audio, Abridged, 5 pages
Published April 3rd 2001 by Caedmon (first published April 1st 2001)
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Peggy Crawford
While it was very interesting to hear the author read his own works, it was also difficult to follow while driving to and from work. I would very much like to have had the poems in front of me to follow along, or even better to have read them recently so as to follow along better. The reading was clear, but the poems are hard to follow while just listening.
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Edward Estlin Cummings was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts, on October 14, 1894. He began writing poems as early as 1904 and studied Latin and Greek at the Cambridge Latin High School.

He received his BA in 1915 and his MA in 1916, both from Harvard University. His studies there introduced him to the poetry of avant-garde writers, such as Gertrude Stein and Ezra Pound.

In 1917, Cummings published a
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