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Fairy Tales Hardcover – 26 Nov 2004
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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.
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Cummings had a daughter by a failed marriage who never knew who her real father was. His first wife had left him and married a weallthy man. The daughter was too young to recognize her real father at the time. The daughter grew up in a life of wealth and privilege which Cummings could not have provided.
Years later, after a heads up from a friend, Cummings arranged to run into his full grown daughter in New York. He did not have the courage at first to identify himself. He asked her to allow him to paint her (Cummings was also a painter, and his works are fascinating.) It was during the painting sessions that Cummings finally told her that he was her father.
These fairy tales were written at different times.. Some were written for the daughter before he met her, and some written for his grandchildren.
As usual with Cummings, in order to fully appreciate them,, you have to read them over and over, but that's certainly not a burden.
It's not for the conventional. If you like a poetic imagination you will love these characters, these sentences, and the logic of a poet's world.
If you like moralistic lit or overly realistic lit for your poor children, don't bother with this beautiful masterpiece.