Online reading group and book discussion forum
View unanswered posts | View active topics It is currently Wed Nov 26, 2014 6:04 am

<< Week of November 26, 2014 >>
Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday Monday Tuesday
26 Day Month

27 Day Month

28 Day Month

29 Day Month

30 Day Month

1 Day Month

2 Day Month

Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 5 posts ] • Topic evaluate: Evaluations: 0, 0.00 on the average.Evaluations: 0, 0.00 on the average.Evaluations: 0, 0.00 on the average.Evaluations: 0, 0.00 on the average.Evaluations: 0, 0.00 on the average. 
Biographical information & FOREWORD 
Author Message
User avatar
Years of membershipYears of membershipYears of membershipYears of membershipYears of membershipYears of membership
Comandante Literario Supreme w/ Cheese Moderator
Silver Contributor

Joined: Apr 2008
Posts: 2859
Location: Round Hill, VA
Thanks: 424
Thanked: 332 times in 253 posts
Gender: Female
Country: United States (us)

Post Biographical information & FOREWORD
Biographical information about Edward Cummings and Foreword.
Please use this thread to share and discuss biographical information about E. E. Cummings and the books forward.

Fri Mar 20, 2009 6:33 pm
Profile Email
User avatar
Years of membershipYears of membershipYears of membershipYears of membershipYears of membershipYears of membership
Comandante Literario Supreme w/ Cheese Moderator
Silver Contributor

Joined: Apr 2008
Posts: 2859
Location: Round Hill, VA
Thanks: 424
Thanked: 332 times in 253 posts
Gender: Female
Country: United States (us)

Just to get us started --

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Born October 14, 1894(1894-10-14)
Cambridge, Massachusetts
Died September 3, 1962 (aged 67)
North Conway, New Hampshire
Cause of death Stroke
Elaine Orr
Anne Minnerly Barton
Marion Morehouse

Edward Estlin Cummings (October 14, 1894 – September 3, 1962), popularly known as E. E. Cummings, with the abbreviated form of his name often written by others in all lowercase letters as e. e. cummings, was an American poet, painter, essayist, author, and playwright. His body of work encompasses approximately 2,900 poems, an autobiographical novel, four plays and several essays, as well as numerous drawings and paintings. He is remembered as a preeminent voice of 20th century poetry, as well as one of the most popular.

"may my mind stroll about hungry and fearless and thirsty and supple"
- e.e. cummings

Sat Mar 21, 2009 5:45 pm
Profile Email
User avatar
Years of membershipYears of membershipYears of membershipYears of membershipYears of membershipYears of membership
Thread Flintstone

Platinum Contributor

Joined: Oct 2008
Posts: 889
Thanks: 122
Thanked: 194 times in 157 posts
Gender: None specified

Having read the letters which make up the Foreword to this book, I can only think how fortunate ee cummings was to have someone who cared enough to advocate for his release. and how lucky we are as well .. we may have lost a great poet before he had a chance to write a huge body of poetry. its pretty clear that the French authorities had no idea where he was or whether he was dead or alive. i wonder how being written off as dead and then 'coming back to life' influenced his later writing? and the apparent indifference of both the US and French authorities to his fate may have influenced his thinking as well.

Wed Mar 25, 2009 3:43 pm
Years of membershipYears of membershipYears of membershipYears of membershipYears of membership
Official Newbie!

Joined: Dec 2008
Posts: 2
Thanks: 0
Thanked: 0 time in 0 post
Gender: None specified

The quote that begins the forward comes from Luke 15:24, from the parable of the Prodigal Son, raising the question of the link that is alluded to between the two stories.

Thu Mar 26, 2009 12:46 am
Profile Email
User avatar
Years of membershipYears of membershipYears of membershipYears of membershipYears of membership

Gold Contributor

Joined: Jan 2009
Posts: 324
Location: Vancouver, BC
Thanks: 4
Thanked: 6 times in 6 posts
Gender: Female
Country: Canada (ca)

This is really just a general comment about the book as a whole so I don't know that it really belongs here but:

I have to say that while I recognize the wonderful job Cummings has done as a writer, and also the cleverness of using The Pilgrim's Progress to underscore his moral message, I just don't like the book. I don't like being told what I must do to be a good person. I am not everyman and neither is anyone else. I much prefer a book that says here is this person and who she is and what she has faced and this is what she decided to do about those things and here is how it effected her and the people around her. When I get a pile of books like that I can think about how what I have faced fits into the various characters' life and whether I can learn from them either as an example of what to do or what not to do. I can extrapolate from there to the larger social issues. I have the mental capacity to do that. Cummiing's book seems to assume I am one heck of dumb bunny and need to be given a one-size-fits-all moral prescription to take with my morning tea. I mean I get that he thought that the civilization he knew was morally bankrupt and I get that his religion seems to side on the one-size-fits-all theology but if a book of instructions was all it took to get people to act morally then either the right book hasn't been written yet or people need more than “do it this way.” So despite the fact that I like many of the specifics of the the book and what the writer has accomplished, I am most assuredly not persuaded by the moral argument.

I've always found it rather exciting to remember that there is a difference between what we experience and what we think it means.

Thu Apr 16, 2009 6:29 pm
Display posts from previous:  Sort by  
Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 5 posts ] • Topic evaluate: Evaluations: 0, 0.00 on the average.Evaluations: 0, 0.00 on the average.Evaluations: 0, 0.00 on the average.Evaluations: 0, 0.00 on the average.Evaluations: 0, 0.00 on the average. 

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 0 guests

You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot post attachments in this forum

Search for:

Recent Posts 
Info on Reading Habits

Wed Nov 26, 2014 5:35 am


Why Do So Many Have Trouble Believing In Evolution?

Wed Nov 26, 2014 5:33 am



Wed Nov 26, 2014 4:35 am

Robert Tulip

7 + 5 = 12

Wed Nov 26, 2014 12:11 am



Wed Nov 26, 2014 12:02 am


Do you have a quote to share? Funny? Positive? Thought Provoking?

Tue Nov 25, 2014 11:59 pm


Flowers for Algernon; short story

Tue Nov 25, 2014 11:57 pm


Dawkins/Harris - Anti-theists, Not Atheists

Tue Nov 25, 2014 11:48 pm


Negotiating with terrorists for the release of hostages?

Tue Nov 25, 2014 10:43 pm

Alan Stroe

If you were God, would you give humanity moral free will?

Tue Nov 25, 2014 10:39 pm


How important is the news?

Tue Nov 25, 2014 10:15 pm


Ironbound Strength Ebook

Tue Nov 25, 2014 9:15 pm


New book set in Scotland from mid-1600s to mid-1800s

Tue Nov 25, 2014 8:32 pm


Why is there something and not nothing?

Tue Nov 25, 2014 7:56 pm

David Rain

Is God the epitome of both good and evil?

Tue Nov 25, 2014 6:11 pm



Tue Nov 25, 2014 1:06 pm

Nigel Phibes

Murder Mystery series with a bit of a difference

Tue Nov 25, 2014 12:24 pm


Faith closes the mind. It is pure idol worship.

Tue Nov 25, 2014 8:08 am


Writing is the light of imagination playing over shadow of thoughts

Tue Nov 25, 2014 8:05 am

khaled Talib

Origins of the Dreamweaver - Free Nov. 26 and 27!

Tue Nov 25, 2014 3:21 am

Jokermagician Links 
Forum Rules & Tips
Frequently Asked Questions
BBCode Explained
Info for Authors & Publishers
Featured Book Suggestions
Author Interview Transcripts
Be a Book Discussion Leader!

Love to talk about books but don't have time for our book discussion forums? For casual book talk join us on Facebook.

Featured Books


Yes  66%  [2]
No  33%  [1]
Total votes: 3

Books by New Authors

Visual Help for Getting Started

Top Posters

Of all time: Chris OConnor (14185), Interbane (5598), DWill (4964), stahrwe (4610), Robert Tulip (4239), Mr. Pessimistic (3542), johnson1010 (3326), geo (3269), ant (3105), Penelope (2969), Saffron (2859), Suzanne (2484), Frank 013 (2021), Dissident Heart (1796), bleachededen (1680), President Camacho (1614), Ophelia (1543), Dexter (1453), tat tvam asi (1298), youkrst (1287)

Of the last 24 hrs: ant (9), Interbane (8), Flann 5 (7), Gnostic Bishop (6), danimorg62 (6), Movie Nerd (3), Suzanne (3), lehelvandor (3), Cattleman (3), Crystalline (2), Alan Stroe (1), DK Mok (1), annabelausten (1), Jokermagician (1), JJ_Co (1), David Rain (1), indepence (1), StoyanV (1), Robert Tulip (1), ScotsNews (1) is a free book discussion group or online reading group or book club. We read and talk about both fiction and non-fiction books as a group. We host live author chats where booktalk members can interact with and interview authors. We give away free books to our members in book giveaway contests. Our booktalks are open to everybody who enjoys talking about books. Our book forums include book reviews, author interviews and book resources for readers and book lovers. Discussing books is our passion. We're a literature forum, or reading forum. Register a free book club account today! Suggest nonfiction and fiction books. Authors and publishers are welcome to advertise their books or ask for an author chat or author interview.



Atheist Mind, Humanist Heart - by Lex Bayer and John FigdorSense and Goodness Without God - by Richard CarrierFrankenstein - by Mary ShelleyThe Big Questions - by Simon BlackburnScience Was Born of Christianity - by Stacy TrasancosThe Happiness Hypothesis - by Jonathan HaidtA Game of Thrones - by George R. R. MartinTempesta's Dream - by Vincent LoCocoWhy Nations Fail - by Daron Acemoglu and James RobinsonThe Drowning Girl - Caitlin R. KiernanThe Consolations of the Forest - by Sylvain TessonThe Complete Heretic's Guide to Western Religion: The Mormons - by David FitzgeraldA Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man - by James JoyceThe Divine Comedy - by Dante AlighieriThe Magic of Reality - by Richard DawkinsDubliners - by James JoyceMy Name Is Red - by Orhan PamukThe World Until Yesterday - by Jared DiamondThe Man Who Was Thursday - by by G. K. ChestertonThe Better Angels of Our Nature by Steven PinkerLord Jim by Joseph ConradThe Hobbit by J. R. R. TolkienThe Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas AdamsAtlas Shrugged by Ayn RandThinking, Fast and Slow - by Daniel KahnemanThe Righteous Mind - by Jonathan HaidtWorld War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War by Max BrooksMoby Dick: or, the Whale by Herman MelvilleA Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer EganLost Memory of Skin: A Novel by Russell BanksThe Structure of Scientific Revolutions by Thomas S. KuhnHobbes: Leviathan by Thomas HobbesThe House of the Spirits - by Isabel AllendeArguably: Essays by Christopher HitchensThe Falls: A Novel (P.S.) by Joyce Carol OatesChrist in Egypt by D.M. MurdockThe Glass Bead Game: A Novel by Hermann HesseA Devil's Chaplain by Richard DawkinsThe Hero with a Thousand Faces by Joseph CampbellThe Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor DostoyevskyThe Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark TwainThe Moral Landscape by Sam HarrisThe Decameron by Giovanni BoccaccioThe Road by Cormac McCarthyThe Grand Design by Stephen HawkingThe Evolution of God by Robert WrightThe Tin Drum by Gunter GrassGood Omens by Neil GaimanPredictably Irrational by Dan ArielyThe Wind-Up Bird Chronicle: A Novel by Haruki MurakamiALONE: Orphaned on the Ocean by Richard Logan & Tere Duperrault FassbenderDon Quixote by Miguel De CervantesMusicophilia by Oliver SacksDiary of a Madman and Other Stories by Nikolai GogolThe Passion of the Western Mind by Richard TarnasThe Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le GuinThe Genius of the Beast by Howard BloomAlice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll Empire of Illusion by Chris HedgesThe Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner The Extended Phenotype by Richard DawkinsSmoke and Mirrors by Neil GaimanThe Selfish Gene by Richard DawkinsWhen Good Thinking Goes Bad by Todd C. RinioloHouse of Leaves by Mark Z. DanielewskiAmerican Gods: A Novel by Neil GaimanPrimates and Philosophers by Frans de WaalThe Enormous Room by E.E. CummingsThe Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar WildeGod Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything by Christopher HitchensThe Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco Dreams From My Father by Barack Obama Paradise Lost by John Milton Bad Money by Kevin PhillipsThe Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson BurnettGodless: How an Evangelical Preacher Became One of America's Leading Atheists by Dan BarkerThe Things They Carried by Tim O'BrienThe Limits of Power by Andrew BacevichLolita by Vladimir NabokovOrlando by Virginia Woolf On Being Certain by Robert A. Burton50 reasons people give for believing in a god by Guy P. HarrisonWalden: Or, Life in the Woods by Henry David ThoreauExile and the Kingdom by Albert CamusOur Inner Ape by Frans de WaalYour Inner Fish by Neil ShubinNo Country for Old Men by Cormac McCarthyThe Age of American Unreason by Susan JacobyTen Theories of Human Nature by Leslie Stevenson & David HabermanHeart of Darkness by Joseph ConradThe Stuff of Thought by Stephen PinkerA Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled HosseiniThe Lucifer Effect by Philip ZimbardoResponsibility and Judgment by Hannah ArendtInterventions by Noam ChomskyGodless in America by George A. RickerReligious Expression and the American Constitution by Franklyn S. HaimanDeep Economy by Phil McKibbenThe God Delusion by Richard DawkinsThe Third Chimpanzee by Jared DiamondThe Woman in the Dunes by Abe KoboEvolution vs. Creationism by Eugenie C. ScottThe Omnivore's Dilemma by Michael PollanI, Claudius by Robert GravesBreaking The Spell by Daniel C. DennettA Peace to End All Peace by David FromkinThe Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey NiffeneggerThe End of Faith by Sam HarrisEnder's Game by Orson Scott CardThe Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark HaddonValue and Virtue in a Godless Universe by Erik J. WielenbergThe March by E. L DoctorowThe Ethical Brain by Michael GazzanigaFreethinkers: A History of American Secularism by Susan JacobyCollapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed by Jared DiamondThe Battle for God by Karen ArmstrongThe Future of Life by Edward O. WilsonWhat is Good? by A. C. GraylingCivilization and Its Enemies by Lee HarrisPale Blue Dot by Carl SaganHow We Believe: Science, Skepticism, and the Search for God by Michael ShermerLooking for Spinoza by Antonio DamasioLies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them by Al FrankenThe Red Queen by Matt RidleyThe Blank Slate by Stephen PinkerUnweaving the Rainbow by Richard DawkinsAtheism: A Reader edited by S.T. JoshiGlobal Brain by Howard BloomThe Lucifer Principle by Howard BloomGuns, Germs and Steel by Jared DiamondThe Demon-Haunted World by Carl SaganBury My Heart at Wounded Knee by Dee BrownFuture Shock by Alvin Toffler

Banned Book ListOur SalesMassimo Pigliucci Rationally SpeakingOnline Reading GroupTop 10 Atheism BooksFACTS Book Selections

Copyright © 2002-2014. All rights reserved.
Website developed by
Display Pagerank