i: six nonlectures. e. e. cummings.
i: six nonlectures

i: six nonlectures

cambridge: harvard university press, 1953. First Edition. Hardcover. This is Number 205 of 350 copies signed by E.E. Cummings. The Charles Eliot Norton Lectures 1952-1953. In 1952, Cummings came full circle with his Cambridge roots when he accepted an invitation to fill the Charles Eliot Norton Professorship at Harvard University, for which the principle responsibility was to deliver a series of six lectures that would be open to the entire university community. In his reliably anti-conformist style, Cummings's "nonlectures" consisted of forty-five minutes of autobiographical reflections and commentary on his work, followed by a fifteen minute reading of favorite poems by various poets that were appropriate to each lecture. They were delivered at the Sanders Theater in Memorial Hall, where Cummings had given his memorable commencement address on "The Future of Art" in 1915. Cummings's style as a reader during the lectures proved so popular with the public that it subsequently helped him to become the most sought-after poet on the college reading circuit for the remainder of the decade, rivaled only by Dylan Thomas. Octavo. Original black cloth-covered boards over a white cloth spine, with the title in black. The dust jacket is lightly edgeworn, with some mild toning to the white portions of the spine. Better than very good. Firmage A24. Near fine / Very good. Item #69097

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