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Date of Birth 14 October 1894Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA
Date of Death 3 September 1962North Conway, New Hampshire, USA  (cerebral hemorrhage)
Birth NameEdward Estlin Cummings

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Edward Estlin Cummings had an idyllic childhood in a spacious Cambridge home amid an affluent, extended family. His father, Edward Cummings, was a Unitarian minister and former Harvard professor who devoted much time to Estlin with spontaneous children's games and rituals. Estlin often went to the circus, zoo, and Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show, and even had a treehouse with a miniature stove to cook popcorn and marshmallows. He spent blissful summers in Silver Lake, New Hampshire, where his father taught him woodcraft and nature lore. His mother, Rebecca, encouraged Estlin to write and draw. After attending Harvard and serving as an ambulance driver in France during World War I, he began to exhibit his paintings, and published his first poem in 1920. Much of his poems reflected his Wordsworthian love of nature, optimism, and the rhythmic nonsense phrasing of nursery rhymes. Over his career, his writing grew increasingly versatile, ranging from religious reverence to biting political satire. Since he was a painter, he brought an unusual visual orientation to the placement of his poems on the page, often using eccentric punctuation and all-lowercase letters. He was equally known for his erotic love poems, almost all of them written for his third wife, Marion Morehouse Cummings, an actress and model. He was the author of dozens of books of poetry, including several autobiographical works. He lived the last 45 years of his life in New York City.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Christine L. DeSimone

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Anne Minnerly Barton (1 May 1929 - 1932) (divorced)
Elaine Orr Thayer (19 March 1924 - 4 December 1924) (divorced) (1 child)

Trivia (9)

(1934 - 1962) Lived with 'Marion Morehouse'
His poem "She Being Brand New" is read in full in Plain Clothes (1987) with Arliss Howard and Suzy Amis.
In The Boy Who Liked Deer (1975) the teacher recites "in Just-" by cummings.
In Hannah and Her Sisters (1986) Eliot (Michael Caine) gives Lee (Barbara Hershey) a book with the poem "somewhere i have never traveled, gladly beyond", by e.e. cummings, which includes the line: "nobody, not even the rain, has such small hands". However, the poem isn't actually on page 112 of the book.
In the wedding scene in In Her Shoes (2005) Maggie (Cameron Diaz) reads from "I Carry Your Heart" by cummings.
In Because I Said So (2007) the names of the sisters (Lauren Graham as Maggie, Mandy Moore as Milly and Piper Perabo as Mae) come from an e.e. cummings poem that starts "Maggie and Milly and Molly and May went to he beach to play one day.".
Daughter, Nancy Thayer Andrews (born December 20, 1919 - died August 11, 2006), from an affair he had with then-married Elaine Orr Thayer. He and Elaine later got married and then divorced a few months later.
In 1943, his daughter Nancy married the grandson of former U.S. president Theodore Roosevelt, Joseph Willard Roosevelt. In 1945, she and Roosevelt had their first child, Simon Willard (born September 17, 1945), later she would have another child with Roosevelt before divorcing. She married writer Kevin Andrews in 1954 and had 2 daughters with him, Ioanna and Alexis. They separated in 1968 but never legally got divorced.
Pictured on one of ten USA nondenominated commemorative postage stamps celebrating "20th Century Poets", issued as a pane of 20 stamps on 21 April 2012. Other stamps in this issued honored Joseph Brodsky, Gwendolyn Brooks, Sylvia Plath, Wallace Stevens, William Carlos Williams, Elizabeth Bishop, Robert Hayden, Denise Levertov, and Theodore Roethke. The price of each stamp on day of issue was 45¢.

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