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The Beauty of Living: E. E. Cummings in the Great War

J. Alison Rosenblitt

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Norton
21 July 2020
Biography; Biography: literary; First World War
Renowned for his formally fractured, gleefully alive poetry, E. E. Cummings is not often thought of as a war poet. But his experience as a prisoner during the war in La FertA (c)-MacA (c) (the basis for his first work of prose, The Enormous Room), and his first love, the French prostitute Marie Louise Lallemand, escalated his earliest breaks with conventional form-the innovation with which his name would soon become synonymous. The Beauty of Living follows Cummings from his Cambridge upbringing and Harvard education through his time at the front during the Great War.

Probing an under-examined yet formative time in the poet's life, this deeply researched account illuminates his ideas about love, justice, humanity, and brutality. Cummings scholar J. Alison Rosenblitt weaves together letters, journal entries, and sketches with astute analyses of poems that span Cummings's career, revealing the origins of one of the twentieth century's most famous poets.
By:   J. Alison Rosenblitt
Imprint:   Norton
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 236mm,  Width: 160mm,  Spine: 30mm
Weight:   634g
ISBN:   9780393246964
ISBN 10:   0393246965
Pages:   352
Publication Date:   21 July 2020
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

J. Alison Rosenblitt is the director of studies in classics at Regent's Park College, University of Oxford. The author of The Beauty of Living: E. E. Cummings in the Great War and E. E. Cummings' Modernism and the Classics: Each Imperishable Stanza, she lives in England.

Reviews for The Beauty of Living: E. E. Cummings in the Great War

A sparkling narrative of Cummings's early life. The Beauty of Living is a compelling account of Cummings's complicated personal, sexual, and family relations, a platform on which J. Alison Rosenblitt can exercise her exceptional skills as an analyst of poetry and art. This is a profoundly enlightening introduction to Cummings by a gifted critic. -- Bernard O'Donoghue, author of The Seasons of Cullen Church With grace and intelligence, Rosenblitt brings the worlds of Harvard, Cambridge, and 'the Front' to vivid life...Reading Cummings through the lens of her insight is revelatory, and the brilliance of this work may reestablish his place as a poet of towering importance. -- Library Journal (starred review)


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