978-0-87140-119-9 / 9780871401199

The Enormous Room


Publisher:Liveright Publishing Corporation



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In print continuously since 1922, is one of the classic American literary works to emerge from World War I, in a grouping that includes John Dos Passo's and Hemingway's . Drawing on his experiences in France as a volunteer ambulance driver, Cummings takes us through a series of mistakes that led to his being arrested for treason and sent to prison. Out of this episode Cummings produced a unique worka story of oppression, injustice, and imprisonment presented in a high-spirited manner as if it were a lark, a work of new linguistic energy that celebrates the individual and opposes all structures that stifle him. This edition restores to the work much material that was deleted from the manuscript for the book's 1922 publication and is illustrated with drawings Cummings made while imprisoned in France.

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