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six nonlectures

e. e. cummings

ISBN 9780674440104

Publication date: 01/01/1991

The author begins his “nonlectures” with the warning “I haven’t the remotest intention of posing as a lecturer.” Then, at intervals, he proceeds to deliver the following:

1. i & my parents
2. i & their son
3. i & selfdiscovery
4. i & you & is
5. i & now & him
6. i & am & santa claus

These talks contain selections from the poetry of Wordsworth, Donne, Shakespeare, Dante, and others, including e. e. cummings. Together, it forms a good introduction to the work of e. e. cummings.


  • Six marvelously unconventional lectures… An aesthetic self-portrait and a definition of Mr. Cummings’s ‘stance’ as a writer. Full of originality, high spirits, and aphoristic dicta, they express a credo of intense individualism.

    —The Atlantic


  • Poet and painter e. e. cummings was the Charles Eliot Norton lecturer at Harvard University for 1952–1953.

Book Details

  • 128 pages
  • 5-1/4 x 8-1/4 inches
  • Harvard University Press