E.E. Cummings


Born
in Cambridge, Massachusetts, The United States
October 14, 1894

Died
September 03, 1962

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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 an early selection of poems in the anthology Eight Harvard Poets. The same year, Cummings left the United States for France as a volunteer ambulance driver in World War I. Five months after his assignment, however, he and a friend were interned in a prison camp by the French authorities on suspicion of espionage (an experience recounted in his novel
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“It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.”
E.E. Cummings

“I carry your heart with me (I carry it in my heart)I am never without it (anywhere
I go you go,my dear; and whatever is done by only me is your doing,my darling)
I fear no fate (for you are my fate,my sweet)I want no world (for beautiful you are my world,my true)
and it's you are whatever a moon has always meant and whatever a sun will always sing is you

here is the deepest secret nobody knows
(here is the root of the root and the bud of the bud and the sky of the sky of a tree called life; which grows
higher than the soul can hope or mind can hide)
and this is the wonder that's keeping the stars apart

I carry your heart (I carry it in my heart)”
E.E. Cummings

“To be nobody but
yourself in a world
which is doing its best day and night to make you like
everybody else means to fight the hardest battle
which any human being can fight and never stop fighting.”
e.e. cummings

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April 2015 New School Classic Group Read

What book should we read for our April 2015 New School Classic group read?

1920, The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton, 305 pages
 
  12 votes, 25.5%

1982, Schindler's List by Thomas Keneally, 429 pages
 
  7 votes, 14.9%

 
  5 votes, 10.6%

 
  5 votes, 10.6%

1954, 100 Selected Poems by E.E. Cummings, 128 pages
 
  4 votes, 8.5%

1952, Wise Blood by Flannery O'Connor, 236 pages
 
  3 votes, 6.4%

1931, Light in August by William Faulkner, 507 pages
 
  3 votes, 6.4%

1988, Breathing Lessons by Anne Tyler, 350 pages
 
  2 votes, 4.3%

1949, The Sheltering Sky by Paul Bowles, 342 pages
 
  2 votes, 4.3%

1903, The Way of All Flesh by Samuel Butler, 320 pages
 
  2 votes, 4.3%

1996, Angela's Ashes by Frank McCourt, 432 pages
 
  1 vote, 2.1%

1921, The Black Moth by Georgette Heyer, 274 pages
 
  1 vote, 2.1%

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