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Along with Pound, Eliot, and Joyce, Edward Estlin Cummings is one of the leading American poets who revolutionized literary expression in the twentieth century. He was also a Cubist painter, a champion of the little man, a brilliant conversationalist, a romantic idealist, a famous irrational curmudgeon, and husband to three of the most beautiful women of his time. This cri Along with Pound, Eliot, and Joyce, Edward Estlin Cummings is one of the leading American poets who revolutionized literary expression in the twentieth century. He was also a Cubist painter, a champion of the little man, a brilliant conversationalist, a romantic idealist, a famous irrational curmudgeon, and husband to three of the most beautiful women of his time. This critical biography merges these various selves into one fascinating life story, many chapters of which could be mistaken for a great romantic novel. In following Cummings's development as a poet, it also includes a large number of previously unpublished poems and drawings.


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Along with Pound, Eliot, and Joyce, Edward Estlin Cummings is one of the leading American poets who revolutionized literary expression in the twentieth century. He was also a Cubist painter, a champion of the little man, a brilliant conversationalist, a romantic idealist, a famous irrational curmudgeon, and husband to three of the most beautiful women of his time. This cri Along with Pound, Eliot, and Joyce, Edward Estlin Cummings is one of the leading American poets who revolutionized literary expression in the twentieth century. He was also a Cubist painter, a champion of the little man, a brilliant conversationalist, a romantic idealist, a famous irrational curmudgeon, and husband to three of the most beautiful women of his time. This critical biography merges these various selves into one fascinating life story, many chapters of which could be mistaken for a great romantic novel. In following Cummings's development as a poet, it also includes a large number of previously unpublished poems and drawings.

30 review for Dreams in the Mirror: A Biography of E.E. Cummings

  1. 4 out of 5

    Maria Hrickova

    4,4

  2. 4 out of 5

    Mike Staresinic

    A worthwhile read for understanding the 20th century modernist writer and artist milieu of those who went from Harvard to War to Greenwich Village to exile in Paris. Peopled with the artists of the Dial and the New Republic in New York's the literary scene, makes a great complement to books about Wilson, Calder, Cowley, Crane, Dos Passos, Fitzgerald, Stein, Picasso and Hemingway.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Tanya Faberson

    A most excellent biography. As a long-time fan of Cummings' work, I was a bit worried the book would dissect his poems to the point of autopsy. It didn't, however. Instead, I feel I came away with a better understanding of that dreaming cantankerous poet. His politics were a nightmare but his mind still a genius, capturing life in a way that few poets have since. I definitely recommend it.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Barry Cunningham

    I found this to be an excellent read. It helped to put many of Cummings' poems in context. Most of his poems are very personal, so some context about where, when, and why they were written contributes a great deal to my appreciation of them.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Theres

    Very interesting and vividly written, got lots of information from it for my uni paper, and enjoyed reading it even beyond the necessity of research regarding Cummings and his life. Definitely a fantastic biography, if a tad too long for my taste.

  6. 5 out of 5

    erin

    actually havent read it yet, but the man sure had a nose for sex!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Monique

    Could hardly put this down! Intriguing for a Cummings fan, and a surprisingly quick read.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Norm Therrien

    This was such a fascinating biography to read and enjoy! E.E. Cummings was one of the finest American poets in the 20th century and his creative writings are simply beautiful. Great read!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Cwelshhans

    Very thorough, but very readable. It did not make me like cummings terribly much as a person, but I definitely came away feeling like I understood who he was and why he was that way.

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