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EE Cummings


Experimental poet and author who shattered rules of syntax to reveal meaning. His best-known functions include The Tremendous Area, Tulips and Chimneys, no Thanks. He started composing poetry when he was just eight years of age. He further created his dynamic, contemporary design while he was students at Harvard. He kept conservative political sights, an undeniable fact that appears incongruent along with his radical, rule-breaking literary persona. He was wedded 3 x — to Elaine Orr, Anne Minnerly Barton, and Marion Morehouse — and acquired one little girl. He was inspired with the poetry of Amy Lowell.

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Full Name E. E. Cummings
Date Of Birth October 14, 1894
Died September 3, 1962, Madison, New Hampshire, United States
Place Of Birth Cambridge, MA
Profession Poet
Education Harvard University
Nationality American
Spouse Marion Morehouse, Anne Minnerly Barton, Elaine Orr
Children Nancy Thayer Andrews
Parents Edward Cummings, Rebecca Haswell Clarke
Siblings Elizabeth Cummings
Awards Bollingen Prize, Guggenheim Fellowship for Creative Arts, US & Canada
Nominations National Book Award for Poetry
Movies Anyone Lived in a Pretty How Town, You and Me
Star Sign Libra

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1Pictured on one of ten USA nondenominated commemorative postage stamps celebrating "20th Century Poets", issued as a pane of 20 stamps on 21 April 2012. Other stamps in this issued honored Joseph Brodsky, Gwendolyn Brooks, Sylvia Plath, Wallace Stevens, William Carlos Williams, Elizabeth Bishop, Robert Hayden, Denise Levertov, and Theodore Roethke. The price of each stamp on day of issue was 45¢.
2In 1943, his daughter Nancy married the grandson of former U.S. president Theodore Roosevelt, Joseph Willard Roosevelt. In 1945, she and Roosevelt had their first child, Simon Willard (born September 17, 1945), later she would have another child with Roosevelt before divorcing. She married writer Kevin Andrews in 1954 and had 2 daughters with him, Ioanna and Alexis. They separated in 1968 but never legally got divorced.
3Daughter, Nancy Thayer Andrews (born December 20, 1919 - died August 11, 2006), from an affair he had with then-married Elaine Orr Thayer. He and Elaine later got married and then divorced a few months later.
4In Because I Said So (2007) the names of the sisters (Lauren Graham as Maggie, Mandy Moore as Milly and Piper Perabo as Mae) come from an e.e. cummings poem that starts "Maggie and Milly and Molly and May went to he beach to play one day.".
5In the wedding scene in In Her Shoes (2005) Maggie (Cameron Diaz) reads from "I Carry Your Heart" by cummings.
6In Hannah and Her Sisters (1986) Eliot (Michael Caine) gives Lee (Barbara Hershey) a book with the poem "somewhere i have never traveled, gladly beyond", by e.e. cummings, which includes the line: "nobody, not even the rain, has such small hands". However, the poem isn't actually on page 112 of the book.
7In The Boy Who Liked Deer (1975) the teacher recites "in Just-" by cummings.
8His poem "She Being Brand New" is read in full in Plain Clothes (1987) with Arliss Howard and Suzy Amis.
9(1934 - 1962) Lived with 'Marion Morehouse'



You and Me2010Short poem
I Carry Your Heart2008Short text by
Tru Calling2004TV Series poem - 1 episode
In Motion2000TV Series short poem - 1 episode
Great Performances1993TV Series translation: English naration - 1 episode
Hood Ornament1979Documentary 1926 segment
Actor's Choice1970TV Series various writings - 1 episode
Solo1970TV Series various writings - 1 episode
Anyone Lived in a Pretty How Town1967Short poem



Late Night with Seth Meyers2015TV Series lyrics - 1 episode
Around the Fire1998"somewhere I have never travelled, gladly beyond"

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