The Enormous Room

Enormous room

E. E. Cummings

1922

Book, 13 x 20.6 cm, 224 p, language: English, publisher: Boni & Liveright Inc. (1922), Dover Publications (2002), ISBN: 978-0486421209.
Materials: Ink, paper

Collection: Collection M HKA, Antwerp (Inv. no. B 2027/38).

Literary synopsis

In 1917 young Edward Estlin Cummings went to France as a volunteer with a Red Cross ambulance unit on the western front. But his free-spirited, insubordinate ways soon got him tagged as a possible enemy of La Patrie, and he was summarily tossed into a French concentration camp at La Ferte-Mace in Normandy. Under the vilest conditions, Cummings found fulfillment of his ever elusive quest for freedom. The Enormous Room, his account of his four-month confinement, reads like a latter-day Pilgrim's Progress, a journey into dispossession, to a place among the most debased and deprived of human creatures. Cummings's hopeful tone reflects the essential paradox of his existence: to lose everything is to become free, and so to be saved.

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Authorship: Artist Author.

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Genre: Memoir.

Publishing: Publishing House.

Theme: Freedom, War.

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