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Edward Estlin Cummings was an American poet who was one of the most radically experimental and inventive writers of the 20th century Some distinctive feature of Cummingss poetry is the abandonment of uppercase letters and his use of grammar sentence structure and punctuation He had his own unique style of writing unlike any other writer in history E E Cummings was born in Cambridge Massachusetts on October 14 1894 Early in his life Cummings parents Edward and Rebecca Clarke Cummings encouraged him to develop his creative writing skills In 1911 Cummings entered Harvard College where his father was a teacher specializing in Greek and other languages In 1916 Cummings receives MA from Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences After Harvard Cummings moved to New York City to work for a mail-order publishing company In 1917 Cummings volunteered to serve in the Norton-Harjes Ambulance group in France During Cummings service he met William Slater Brown who becomes his life long friend They are both assigned to ambulance duty on Noyon sector Later Browns letters home aroused suspicions in the French army censor On September 21 1917 Brown was arrested along with Cummings who refused to separate himself from Brown They were both imprisoned for three months at a French detention camp In 1922 Cummings wrote a book about his experience in the detention camp called The Enormous Room After the First World War was over Cummings went to Paris to study art When he returned home to New York in 1924 Cummings found himself a celebrity for the Enormous Room Tulips and Chimneys In 1931 Cummings published a collection of drawings and paintings titled CIOPW an acronym for the materials he used charcoal ink oil pencil and watercolors and had many individual show in New York over the next three decades Over the next few years Cummings published many other books of poetry He published VV in1931 Now Thanks in1935 Xaipe
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