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 lowercase letters as e.e. cummings (in the style of some of his poemssee name and capitalization, below), was an American poet, painter, essayist, author, and playwright. His body of work encompasses approximately 2,900 poems, two autobiographical novels, four plays and several essays, as well as numerous drawings and paintings. He is remembered as a preeminent voice of 20th century poetry. Born into a Unitarian family, Cummings exhibited transcendental leanings his entire life. As he grew in maturity and age, Cummings moved more toward an 'I, Thou' relationship with God. His journals are replete with references to le bon Dieu as well as prayers for inspiration in his poetry and artwork (such as Bon Dieu! may I some day do something truly great. amen.).
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