i & my parents

Cummings, E. E.
November 1953
New Republic;11/2/53, Vol. 129 Issue 14, p15
The article discusses the author's effort in finding the answer to the question "who is he". Inspecting autobiographical problem at close range, the author see that it comprises problems; united by a certain wholly mysterious moment which signifies self discovery. The author is only a writer. Two questions now make their appearance. The first-what constitutes this writing of his, can be readily answered, his writing consists of a pair of miscalled novels; a brace of plays, one in prose, the other in blank verse; nine books of poems; an indeterminate number of essays; an untitled volume of satire; and a ballet scenario. The second question where, in all this material, do he find his stance as a writer most clearly expressed? can be answered almost as readily, he find it expressed most clearly in the later miscalled novel, the two plays, perhaps twenty poems, and half a dozen of the essays.


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