Jonathan Yardley reviews a new biography by Christopher Sawyer-Laušanno, at WaPo, Oct. 17 (quoted ellipsis in original):
More than four decades after his death, Edward Estlin Cummings remains one of the most beloved American poets, as well as one of the most misunderstood and underrated. As Christopher Sawyer-Laušanno suggests in this massive biography, Cummings probably is the victim of his popularity (which "at least in the academic mind... is a curse"), his failure to write "a book-length poem or a poetic sequence," and his strong opposition to the Soviet Union, which "lost him a good many supporters among the left-leaning critics." To that list should be added his penchant for sentimentality, which never wins any writer friends among the literati, who fancy themselves (against a great deal of evidence) clear-eyed and hard-bitten....
Lane Core Jr. CIW P Fri. 11/19/04 05:57:15 PM
Categorized as Literary.