i carry your heart with me
Edward Estlin Cummings (e.e.cummings he used to sign, 1894-1962)
was an American poet, also a writer and a painter. He was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts on October 14, 1894 and from the age of 8 he started writting lyrics daily. He studied at Harvard, worked as a bookseller, and in 1917, during World War I, enlisted and went to Europe. After 5 months of service, he was arrested by the French as a spy suspect, most likely because he wrote anti-war letters to his parents stating that he did not hate the Germans. He remained imprisoned for 4 months until his parents managed to free him. In 1922 he wrote a book about this adventure and the following year he published the poetry collection "Tulips and Chimneys"; with these books he was presented to the public and quickly became famous. Many books, plays, essays, and about 2,900 poems followed, making him one of the most important poets of the 20th century. He lived mainly in New York, often traveling around the world; he visited Paris several times, he traveled to the Soviet Union, North Africa and Mexico, and worked as an essayist for Vanity Fair magazine (1924–1927).
Edward Cummings had an affair in 1918 with a woman who was married to a friend from Harvard, from this relationship a daughter was born in 1919. The relationship continued and finally in 1924 they got married. Three months later she left him and went to Ireland with a wealthy Irish banker. Cummings didn't see his daughter until 1946. In 1929 he had a second marriage that lasted three years, and from 1932 until his death, he lived with Marion Morehouse, who proved to be the most important woman in his life. He died in New Hampshire on September 3, 1962.