Papers of e. e. cummings [manuscript], circa 1917-1962.

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Cummings, E. E. (Edward Estlin), 1894-1962. Papers of e. e. cummings [manuscript], circa 1917-1962.

Papers of e. e. cummings [manuscript], circa 1917-1962.

The papers contain various drawings, corrected typescripts, proofs and layouts of writings by cummings including "Anthropos or the future of art," "Begin a pilgrmage," "Christmas tree," "Eimi," "Enormous room," "HIM," "is 5," "No thanks," "16 heures," [No title], "&" and "Tulips and chimneys." In addition there is a typed poem, possibly by cummings, "The casualty list "Dead on the field of honor" and "A few remarks on E. E. Cummings' Typography" by S. A. Jacobs. A copy of a letter to his mother, 1917, describes his imprisonment at La Ferté-Macé. Letters from cummings to Sam A. Jacobs discuss typography of "is 5," "HIM," [No title], "ViVa," Eimi and "Tulips and Chimneys," contain small illustrations and convey personal news includiing a European vacation. Correspondence with Philip Kaplan discuss a show at the Kokoon Arts Club, Cleveland, Ohio. Letters and cards from e.e. and Marion to Arthur A. Schäffer are generally social in nature, with a mention of Frederick Dupee's proposed publication of cummings's letters and a note by Marion that she was spoiled by e.e. all her life. A letter to Theodore Spencer thanks him for his new work (An Act of Life?), discusses his wife's health, and mentions how highly he values Spencer's good opinion of "1x1." Letters to Rudolph von Abele mention T. S. Eliot at Harvard, Guillaume Apollinaire, S. A. Jacobs and European travels. Letters from e. e. and Marion to writer Lloyd Frankenberg and his wife, the artist Loren MacIver, discuss Marion Cummings's health, a Guggenheim fellowship, cummings's art, and life at Silver Lake, N.H. One letter contains nonsensical references to "The enormous room." Norse mythology and Joseph F. Gould are also mentioned. A letter and postal cards to C. Bertram Hartman thank him of a painting of "coolly fountaining birches" as he has rarely met a painting that appealed to him as much, and describes a humorous incident in a hospital involving Sibley Watson. A letter to Lillian Lowenfels thanks her for a replacement passport. A draft letter to the literary editor of the New Masses responds to Isidore Schneider's review of "No thanks," taking issue with the latters belief that only class-conscious poetry is good poetry. Letters to Thurairajah Tambimuttu discuss publication of some poems in [Poetry London]. In other letters cummings discusses publication of "is 5" with Horace Liveright, thanks Gilbert Seldes for "Dartmouth document"; forwards Harvey Breit a note from Ezra Pound; thanks James Shelley Hamilton for a letter; declines D. S. Norton's invitation to lecture in Charlottesville; thanks Mrs. George P. Baker for a meeting with Mr. and Mrs. Carl Rollins and "those literary items"; thanks Mrs. Rollins for a tea party and her letter and notes he is sending [Enormous Room?] to Carl Rollins; asks Alfred Kreymberg for the loan of a manuscript; and writes to William James,III, describing the stonemasons who repaired his chimney, enquiring after James' parents and remarking on the weather. In addition letters from Bernice Baumgarten of Brandt and Brandt contains a list of "simple-minded people who refused the new collection of poems" and discuss the limited edition of "Tulips and chimneys." A letter from Gilbert Seldes discusses an article on cummings. A letter from Walter Hart Blumenthal to Samuel A. Jacobs inquires about the typograpy and format of "No thanks" which he wantas to include in a book. A letter from Thomas Seltzer requests a meeting. The collection also contains reviews, articles and clippings regarding cummings including his New York Times obituary, Syrinx" by Gorham B. Munson and "E. E. Cummings Alive" by Ezra Pound; a copy of "Secession" magazine containing four poems; an advertisement for an art exhibit; lists of paintings; a drawing; table of contents from CIOPW; photographs of him; notes concerning negotiations with Covici and royalties; a contract, 1937; a Russian travel diary; a Christmas card addressed to Walter and Lillian Lowenfels; and some checks and notes.

circa 225 items.

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