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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 1130L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 142 pages
  • Publisher: Clarion Books; 1 edition (December 20, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0618568492
  • ISBN-13: 978-0618568499
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 8.2 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #558,922 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Starred Review. Grade 7 Up—Reef has penned an engaging and informative chronicle of the life of this talented and unconventional artist. Each chapter is packed with details of cummings's life and work, all carefully documented with source notes. Period photos and reproductions, including a number of cummings's drawings and paintings, illustrate his life and the world events that he experienced. His unique poetic style is explained and illustrated with well-chosen selections. His financial hardships as well as his romantic struggles and failed relationships are also examined. An excellent resource for students of the poet's literary works, this is also a solid example of literary biography, and as such should also appeal to readers interested in the lives of noteworthy artists. A high-quality effort.—Elaine Fort Weischedel, Milton Public Library, MA
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From Booklist

*Starred Review* Many teens have studied and liked at least a few of Cummings' poems, so this thoroughly researched survey of Cummings' life is sure to generate interest in the classroom and beyond. Reef chooses revealing anecdotes from the poet's youth that will speak directly to teens. After Cummings passed from confident child to awkward teen, Reef notes that he "was so self-conscious about his acne that he hid his face behind a newspaper when riding on streetcars." Numerous direct quotes from Cummings, his family, and his friends, along with many photos personalize the story, and Reef's enthusiasm for poetry is clear in her well-chosen excerpts from Cummings' poems and those of his contemporaries. She also skillfully places the poet within a larger cultural context, showing connections between his poetry and interests and the artistic and political movements of his times. Unfortunately, source notes refer only to direct quotes, but an extensive bibliography, a list of Cummings' works, and a glossary will aid researchers. A clear, engaging portrait of a poet whose refusal to write and live according to convention will endear him to teens. Gillian Engberg
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Catherine Reef is an award-winning author of nonfiction books for young people and adults. Her new dual biography, FRIDA & DIEGO: ART, LOVE, LIFE, explores the lives and work of two remarkable artists admired in Mexico and throughout the world, Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera, in a colorful, richly illustrated format. One of Booklist's Top Ten Arts Books for Youth 2014, FRIDA & DIEGO received starred reviews from Kirkus, School Library Journal, and Booklist.

Catherine also wrote THE BRONTE SISTERS: THE BRIEF LIVES OF CHARLOTTE, EMILY, AND ANNE. This popular young adult book received three starred reviews and was named to several annual lists of "best" books, including Kirkus's Best Books for Teens, Bank Street College's Best Children's Books, and the Amelia Bloomer Project List.

Among Catherine's other notable books are JANE AUSTEN: A LIFE REVEALED, one of Booklist's Top Ten Biographies for Youth; LEONARD BERNSTEIN AND AMERICAN MUSIC, which Kidsbiographer called "in many ways, a music appreciation course, one that the composer-conductor himself would approve"; ERNEST HEMINGWAY: A WRITER'S LIFE, a Golden Kite Honor Book and a Notable Social Studies Trade Book for Young People; and E. E. CUMMINGS: A POET'S LIFE, one of YALSA's Best Books for Young Adults and one of the New York Public Library's Book for the Teen Age.

Catherine works hard at her writing, but she also loves to travel, read, work with her hands, and spend time with her family and friends. She likes to cook and can bake a prize-worthy apple pie.

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