New York: W.W. Norton & Company, 2020. Milton A. Cohen (ed.). First Edition. Paperback. Fine/ As New. Selected Bibliography. Index. 13 x 21 cm. 350 pp. Item #13238
“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
This Norton Critical Edition includes:
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.