E. E. Cummings
Born in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and educated at Harvard University where he received both his B.A. and M.A., Edward Estlin Cummings went on to become one of the most widely read American poets of his generation. He expressed strong anti-war opinions which got him into trouble while working as an ambulance driver in Paris during WWI, but his outspoken flair and creativity went on to become hallmarks of his verse. Wholly unorthodox and highly experimental, Cummings work played radically with form, punctuation, spelling and syntax, and largely abandoned traditional techniques and structures to create a unique literary style. Cummings was the recipient of multiple honors, including: two Guggenheim Fellowships, the Fellowship of American Academy of Poets, Charles Eliot Norton Professorship at Harvard, and the 1957 Bollingen Prize. By the time of his death on Sept. 3, 1962 of a brain hemorrhage, Cummings popularity in the United Stated was over-shadowed only by that of Robert Frost.