Title E. E. Cummings: Selected Works (Norton Critical Edition)
Author E. E. Cummings
ISBN 9780393617115
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No of pages 384
Book size 134 x 209 mm
Publishing year 2019
Original publisher W. W. Norton & Company
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About the book


 “This ample, authoritatively edited collection represents Cummings’s work in all its variety and dynamism. We find here not only Cummings the poet—rebel and curmudgeon, lyric writer and satirist—but also Cummings the painter, the memoirist, the playwright, the letter writer, and the essayist. It’s exciting to encounter both familiar and little known works. They are sure to delight and instruct, to puzzle and surprise. While revealing the modernist’s historical contexts, these pages help to bring to life Cummings’s spatial and typographical innovations, his visual energy and verbal wit.”

—JAHAN RAMAZANI, University of Virginia


This Norton Critical Edition includes:

  • 166 poems spanning the range of Cummings’s career, selections of his prose and dramatic writing, twelve paintings and sketches, and three facsimiles of his drafts—the first ever annotated and cross-genre collection of his work aimed at student readers.
  • Annotations, headnotes, and a thorough introduction by Milton A. Cohen, along with an essay by Cohen chronicling the development of Cummings’s idiosyncratic style.
  • Four contemporary reviews and six critical essays—by Randall Jarrell, Edmund Wilson, Isabelle Alfandary, and Michael Webster, among others—prefaced by an overview.
  • Comparative studies of two poems—featuring five different responses to each—designed to promote classroom discussion.
  • A chronology, a selected bibliography, and an index of the poems.

About the Series

Read by more than 12 million students over fifty-five years, Norton Critical Editions set the standard for apparatus that is right for undergraduate readers. The three-part format—annotated text, contexts, and criticism—helps students to better understand, analyze, and appreciate the literature, while opening a wide range of teaching possibilities for instructors. Whether in print or in digital format, Norton Critical Editions provide all the resources students need.



Selected Works of E. E. Cummings


THE BIRTH OF A STYLE • in Just- [first version] • in Just-[published version] • the / sky/was [first version] • the /sky/was [published version] • writhe and [first version] • writhe and /published version]

FROM TULIPS & CHIMNEYS (1922 MANUSCRIPT) • All in green went my love riding • Tumbling-hair /picker of buttercups /violets • Humanity i love you • O sweet spontaneous • stinging • a wind has blown the rain away and blown • i was considering how • the skinny voice • the dress was a suspicious madder, importing the cruelty of rose • ta • 5 • Buffalo Bill ‘s • her • Picasso • raise the shade • i was sitting in mcsorley’s. outside it was New York and beautifully snowing. • “Kitty”. sixteen, 5’1”, white, prostiture. • at he ferocious phenomenon of 5 o’clock i find myself gently decompose the Cambridge ladies who live in furnished souls • let’s live suddenly without thinking

FROM & [AND] (1925) • Paris; this April sunset completely utters; • i will be • the dirty colours of her kiss have just • in making Marjorie god hurried • i like my body when it is with your

FROM IS 5 (1926) • lis • my sweet old etcetera • curtains part) • mr youse needn’t be so spry • Jimmie’s got a goil / goil / goil, /Jimmie • it really must • she being Brand • oDE • weazened Irrefutable unastonished • “next to of course god america i • voices to voices, Iip to lip • here’s a little mouse)and • MARJ • since feeling is first • i am a beggar always • FROM W[VIVA] (1931) • Space being (don’t forget to remember) Curved • but mr can you maybe listen there’s • in a middle of a room • i sing of Olaf glad and big • structure, miraculous challenge, devout am • n(o)w // the • a clown’s smirk in the skull of a baboon • somewhere i have never travelled, gladly beyond • nothing is more exactly terrible than • but if a living dance upon dead minds
FROM NO THANKS (1935 MANUSCRIPT) • r -p-o- p -h e-s-s-a-g-r • mOOn Over tOwns mOOn • a)glazed mind layed in a / urinal • go(Perpe)go • “let’s start a magazine • when mockers pimps and tratesmen • kumrads die because they’re told) • BALLAD OF AN INTELLECTUAL • most(people • come(all you mischief- • move • SNOW • here’s to opening and upward, to leaf and to sap • death (havIng lost) put on his universe • Jehovah buried, Satan dead, • (b/eLl/s?/bE • love’s function is to fabricate unknownness • birds( / here, Inven • be of love(a little) • brIght

FROM “NEW POEMS” ITS COLLECTED POEMS] (1938) • un • this little bride & groom are • economic secu • so little he is • if i • only as what (out of a flophouse) floats • my specialty is living said • may my heart always be open to little • you shall above all things be glad and young

FROM 50 POEMS (1940) • !blac • fl • nobody loved this • flotsam and jetsam • red-rag and pink-flag • there are possibly 21/2 or impossibly 3 • as freedom is a breakfastfood • buy me an ounce and i’ll sell you a pound. • anyone lived in a pretty how town • i say no world • hate blows a bubble of despair into • air, • FROM 1x I [ONE TIMES ONE] (1944) • life is more true than reason will deceive • ygUDuh • nonsun blob a • pity this busy monster, manunkind, • plato told • one’s not half two. It’s two are halves of one: • no man, if men are gods;but if gods must • what if a much of a which of a wind • when god decided to invent • let it go—the • Hello is what a mirror says • nothing false and possible is love • true lovers in each happening of their hearts • yes is a pleasant country: • all ignorance toboggans into know • darling! because my blood can sing • until and i heard • a politician is an arse upon • “sweet spring is your “ • o by the by

FROM XAIPE (1950) • o • dying is fine) but Death • so many selves (so many fiends and gods • (fea • tw • chas sing does (who • goo-dmore-ning(en • when serpents bargain for the right to squirm • pieces(in darker • nine birds (rising • (im)c-a-t(mo) • why must itself up every of a park • no time ago • if (touched by love’s own secret) we, like homing • i thank You God for most this amazing

FROM 95 POEMS (1958) • l(a • to stand (alone) in some • now air is air and thing is thing: no bliss • crazy jay blue) • maggie and milly and molly and may • in time of daffodils (who know • for prodigal read generous • joys faces Friends • dim • what Got him was Noth • THANKSGIVING (1956) • who (is?are) who • old age sticks • i am a little church (no great cathedral) • all nearness pauses, while a star can grow • being to timelessness as it’s ton me, • whippoorwill this • f // eeble a blu

FROM 73 POEMS • For any ruffian of the sky • seeker of truth • e • insu nli gh t • insu nli gh t [drafts paged 1] • insu nli gh t [drafts page 2] • “right here the other night something • “could that i marvelled “be • the greedy the people • all which isn’t singing is mere talking • Now i lay (with everywhere around) • Faithfully tinying at twilight voice • who are you, little i • timeless • Me up at does • i • “o purple finch / please tell me why • one D-re-A-mi-N-gl-Y • now does our world descend • enter no (silence is the blood whose flesh



From Him (1927)



From The Enormous Room ( 19222) • Foreword to is 5 (1926) • From You Aren’t Mad, Am 1 (1925) • Foreword to an Exhibit, I (1944) • From i: Six Nonlectures (1952-53)



Overview • Sound [Number 1 (1919) • Charlie Chaplin (1924) • [Abstract] (1958) • [Portrait of the Artist’s Mother] (undated) • Flowers and Hat: Patchin Place (c. 1950) • [Mt. Chocorua above Sliver Lake] (undated) • [Landscape with Stormy Sky] (undated) • [Sketched Self-Portrait] )1927)


LETTERS 7 To His Mother (October I,1917) • To His Father (July I,1918) • To His Mother (August 14, 1918) • To His Mother (April 24, 1919) • To His Father (January 10, 1920) • To His Father (May 22,1920) • To His Sister (May 3, 1922) • To Edward B. Rowan (August 1934) • To His Aunt Jane (March 11, 1935) • To Charles A. Pearce (1937) • To Sibley Watson (May 30,1939) • To Howard Nelson (May 26, 1945) • To Hildegarde Watson (December 23,1948) • To Sibley Watson (January 30,1950) • To Elise (Cavanna Walton) (April 14, 1952) • To an Unknown Correspondent (February 19, 1953) • To His Sister (March 27,1953) • To Elisabeth Kaiser-Bmem (November 26, 1956) • To Charles Norman (1957) • To an Unidentified Correspondent (July 4, 1960) • To Matti Melted (May 13, 1962) • JOTTINGS



Michael Webster • Preface: Responses to Cummings’s Poetry


Edmund Wilson • From Wallace Stevens and E. E. Cummings • Babette Deutsch • e e cummingsesq [Review of 50 Poems] • Randall Jarrell • [Review of XAIPE] • Samuel F. Morse • From A Man and His Work [Review of Poems, 1923- • 1954.


Malcolm Cowley • Cummings: One Man Alone . • Gorham B. Munson • Syrinx • Milton A. Cohen • Cummings and Freud • Norman Friedman • The Two Cummingses: A Reconsideration • Isabelle Alfandary • Voice and Silence in E. E. Cummings’ Poetry • Michael Webster • Magic Iconism, Defamiliarization, Sympathetic Magic, and Visual Poetry (Guillaume Apollinaire and E. E. Cummings) • Aaron Moe • [Cummings’ Typographies within the Modernist Ecological Vision]


Buffulo Bill’s • Rushworth M. Kidder • “Buffalo Bill’s”: An Early E. E. Cummings Manuscript • Cleanth Brooks and Robert Penn Warren • [On “Buffalo Bill’s”] • David Ray • [Cummings’s Ironic Elegy] • Robert E. Wegner • [Ambiguity in “Buffalo Bill ‘s”I • Thomas Dilworth • Cummings’s “Buffalo Bill ‘s” in just - Richard S. Kennedy • [On “in Just-”] • Albert C. Labriola • [Innocence and Sexuality in “in Just-” • Lain Landles • [An Analysis frin Just-”] • Etienne Terblanche • Oscillating Center and Frame in E. E. Cummings’s “in Just- / spring” • J. Alison Rosenblitt • “The Goat-Footed Balloonman”


E. E. Cummings, A Chronology

Selected Bibliography

Index of Titles or First Lines of Poems

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.


About the Editor:

Milton A. Cohen is Professor of Literary Studies at the University of Texas at Dallas. He is the author of books on E. E. Cummings’s early aesthetics, modernist groups before World War I, Hemingway’s in our time, and four modernist poets in the 1930s. His most recent book is The Pull of Politics: Steinbeck, Wright, Hemingway, and the Left in the Late 1930s. He has also curated an exhibition of paintings by E. E. Cummings and written several plays, including the prize-winning The Five Knob Radio.


Target Audience:

Students and academicians of English Literature.


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