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Dreams in the Mirror: A Biography of E.E. Cummings (A Liveright Book) Paperback – October 17, 1994

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Product Details

  • Series: A Liveright Book
  • Paperback: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Liveright; 2 edition (October 17, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 087140155X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0871401557
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1.5 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #974,883 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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45 of 47 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 2, 1999
Recently having completed DREAMS IN THE MIRROR, I can say that I haven't read a better biography in a long time. If you are a true E.E. Cummings fan (or e.e. cummings as he spelled it), the insights that Kennedy has into the man's life, as well as the interpretations of his poems, seems to make sense. I own a copy of his "Complete Poems 1904-1962", and having read many of them, I thought that the logical next step was to see how someone else thought of them. Kennedy's biography of Cummings is the only one that I know of in existance. Adding to that is Nancy Andrews, Cummings' daughter, who gave a lot of insight into her father, as well as previously unpublished poems and even drawings(!!). The book doesn't read like a novel, so don't expect to pace though it quickly. It is a well-written account of Cummings' life, so remember to pay attention. Being it as it may, and considering that information, I say go on and read it. It's worth the time.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Conan the Librarian on June 20, 2004
'Dreams in the Mirror: A Biography of E.E. Cummings' is a precise account of a unique, creative poet. Richard S. Kennedy has made sense of the seemingly incoherent mind that made the literary world spin in a profoundly deconstructed orbit during the period following Cummings' graduation from the Harvard School of Arts and Sciences in 1916. Perhaps the most significant element of Kennedy's book is the previously unpublished Cummings' poem discovered in the dusty closet of a Tunisian Bed&Beakfast he'd occupied in 1931. Titled 'Insanity is Just a Mind of State', it is one of Cummings' most autobiographical works, revealing the poet's life-long regret that he'd never wrestled an alligator. The lament, on page 79, reads:
'i'm mad; say they
but Almonds aren't NUTS!
(is) thE river SEINE in pariS;?'
The human mind is a beautiful thing.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Queen Bee on March 31, 2010
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*Dreams in the Mirror* is a well-written, thorough biography recounting E.E. Cummings' childhood, his early gifts with language, his changing relationship with his father, his war experiences, what he valued and how he reacted to the world around him. I love the fact this book gives the reader a glimpse into what motivated Cummings and how these relate to his poetry. This isn't a book limited to biographical information, though: Kennedy provides literary criticism and analysis, and even though I didn't always agree with Kennedy's assertions, I appreciated the scholastic look at the pieces. He provided me new insight into a few poems. I highly recommend this book for Cummings lovers.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By nt on April 14, 2014
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I have been a fan of his work since the '70s... In the 80's I saw a small collection of his watercolors in a bookstore in New York.. they were $300-+ wish I had purchased one then..

The biography sheds light on so much of his life about which I did not know.. The story about is daughter is interesting..
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By looksee on July 22, 2012
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I first read e.e. cummings as a college freshman. Here was poetry visually and verbally unique. This must be a poet of modern time and vision, a Bob Dylan of the arts seventies style. Surprised that he had been dead for eight years made him more intriguing. His poetry speaks new and vibrant and always will, so forty years later through Richard S Kennedy 's biography, I met the man. Mr. Kennedy's book was a pleasure to read. Intimate and respectfully human account of a man's voice gracefully accepting creation. The book brings a deeper understanding to the poems, as in life a mix of sorrow and joy, evermore real in the experience of the artist. I'm a richer man having read the poet and this book.
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