Edward Estlin Cummings, known as e.e. cummings (born 14 October 1894, and died 3 September 1962) was an American poet, painter, essayist, and playwright. His work includes more than 900 poems, several plays and essays, numerous drawings, sketches, and paintings, as well as two novels.
He was one of the most popular, pre-eminent poets of the 20th century. In the mid-1900s, he was the second most widely read poet in the United States (Robert Frost was the first). In his life, Cummings received many honours, including an Academy of American Poets Fellowship, two Guggenheim Fellowships, and a Ford Foundation grant.
He explains, in this reply to a letter from a high-school editor, what it meant for him to be a poet.
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