E. E. Cummings A miscellany

E. E. 1894-1962 Cummings

Book - 2018

"Formally fractured and yet gleefully alive and whole, E. E. Cummings's groundbreaking modernist poetry expanded the boundaries of language. In A Miscellany, originally released in a limited run in 1958, Cummings lent his delightfully original voice to "a cluster of epigrams," forty-nine essays, a poem, and three speeches from an unfinished play. Seven years later, George J. Firmage-- editor of much of Cummings's work, including Complete Poems-- broadened the scope of th...is idiosyncratic collection of Cummings's work, adding seven more poems and essays, and many of Cummings's unpublished line drawings. Together, these pieces paint a distinctive portrait of Cummings's eccentric, yet precise, genius. His essays explore everything from Cubism to the circus, equally quick to analyze his poetic contemporaries and satirize New York society. As Cummings wrote in his original foreword, A Miscellany "contain[s] a great deal of liveliness and nothing dead." This remains true today, more than fifty years after its original publication." --

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Subjects
Genres
Essays
Published
New York : Liveright Publishing Corporation, a Division of W. W. Norton & Company [2018]
Edition
Revised edition. First Liveright edition
Language
English
Physical Description
xiii, 364 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Bibliography
Includes bibliographical references.
ISBN
9780871406538
0871406535
Main Author
E. E. 1894-1962 Cummings (author)
  • Introduction by George J. Firmage
  • Foreword by e. e. cummings
  • The new art
  • Gaston Lachaise
  • T. S. Eliot
  • The soul story of Gladys Vanderdecker
  • Vanity Fair's prize movie scenario
  • What our loving subscribers say
  • An ex- multimillionaire's rules for success in life
  • A modern Gulliver explores the movies
  • When Calvin Coolidge laughed
  • William Adams-Wiggley : genius and Christian
  • Samples of dramatic criticism
  • Unexpected light on the Dawes Plan
  • Jean Cocteau as a graphic artist
  • How to succeed as an author
  • The adult, the artist and the circus
  • The very latest school in art
  • Helen Whiffletree, American poetess
  • You aren't mad, am I?
  • "I confess!"
  • "I take great pleasure in presenting"
  • The theatre: I
  • The theatre: II
  • Coney Island
  • Conflicting aspects of Paris
  • Vive la folie!
  • How I do not love Italy
  • The tabloid newspaper
  • The secret of the zoo exposed
  • Frenzied finance
  • Ivan Narb: abstract sculptor of the cosmic
  • The agony of the artist (with a capital A)
  • Why I like America
  • The new Mother Goose
  • Mr. X
  • Miracles and dreams
  • A book without a title
  • Brief biography
  • A fairy tale
  • The red front
  • And it came to pass
  • Ballad of an intellectual
  • Weligion is hashish
  • In memoriam
  • Exit the boob
  • Burlesque, I love it!
  • Speech from an unfinished play: I
  • Speech from an unfinished play: II
  • Speech from an unfinished play: III
  • Fair warning
  • What about it?
  • Re Ezra Pound: I
  • Re Ezra Pound: II
  • Foreword to an exhibit: I
  • Foreword to an exhibit: II
  • Foreword to an exhibit: III
  • Foreword to an exhibit: IV
  • Is something wrong?
  • A foreword to Krazy
  • Words into pictures
  • Jottings
  • Videlicet
  • A poet's advice to students.
Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

Originally published in limited edition in 1958, and then as an expanded version several years later, this long-out-of-print collection serves as a welcome reminder that Cummings's output encompassed much more than his famous verse. The content comprises mostly prose pieces, along with excerpts from an unfinished play and, of course, poems. Throughout, Cummings's distinctive style is in full flower, even as most of the pieces come from his early career as a Vanity Fair contributor in the 1920s. Satirical, pointed, and gleaming, Cummings's essays commented on the American fascination with France, the popularity of burlesque, and the rise of tabloids. More seriously, he also tackled modern artistic movements, such as cubism, that were flourishing at the time. Other pieces reveal the experimental and almost chaotic streak in Cummings's writing, with some working and others falling flat. Throughout, though, there are nuggets of universal observation that still ring true ("America makes prodigious mistakes. America has colossal faults, but one thing cannot be denied: America is always on the move"). The volume also includes many of Cummings's illustrations, revealing another facet of his abundant creativity. Cummings enthusiasts will delight that these writings are now readily available. (July) Copyright 2018 Publishers Weekly.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

"Formally fractured and yet gleefully alive and whole, E. E. Cummings's groundbreaking modernist poetry expanded the boundaries of language. In A Miscellany, originally released in a limited run in 1958, Cummings lent his delightfully original voice to "a cluster of epigrams," forty-nine essays, a poem, and three speeches from an unfinished play. Seven years later, George J. Firmage-- editor of much of Cummings's work, including Complete Poems-- broadened the scope of this idiosyncratic collection of Cummings's work, adding seven more poems and essays, and many of Cummings's unpublished line drawings. Together, these pieces paint a distinctive portrait of Cummings's eccentric, yet precise, genius. His essays explore everything from Cubism to the circus, equally quick to analyze his poetic contemporaries and satirize New York society. As Cummings wrote in his original foreword, A Miscellany "contain[s] a great deal of liveliness and nothing dead." This remains true today, more than fifty years after its original publication." --

Review by Publisher Summary 2

A Miscellany, confined to a private edition for decades, sheds further light on the prodigious vision and imagination of the most inventive poet of the twentieth century: E.E. Cummings.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

Formally fractured and yet gleefully alive and whole, E. E. Cummings’s groundbreaking modernist poetry expanded the boundaries of language. In A Miscellany, originally released in a limited run in 1958, Cummings lent his delightfully original voice to “a cluster of epigrams,” a poem, three speeches from an unfinished play, and forty-nine essays—most of them previously written for or published in magazines, anthologies, or art gallery catalogues. Seven years later, George J. Firmage—editor of much of Cummings’s work, including Complete Poems—broadened the scope of this delightfully eclectic collection, adding seven more poems and essays, and many of Cummings’s unpublished line drawings.Together, these pieces paint a distinctive portrait of Cummings’s eccentric, yet precise, genius. Like his poetry, Cummings’s prose is lively; often witty, biting, and offbeat, he is an intelligent observer and critic of the modern. His essays explore everything from Cubism to the circus, equally quick to analyze his poetic contemporaries and satirize New York society. As Cummings wrote in his original foreword, A Miscellany contains “a great deal of liveliness and nothing dead.” This remains true today, more than fifty years after its original publication.