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E. E. Cummings: Selected Works, 1st Edition

  • E. E. Cummings
  • ISBN-10: 0393617114
  • ISBN-13: 9780393617115
  • 0 Pages | Paperback
  • COPYRIGHT: 2020 Published
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About the Product

“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

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.


  • 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.