- All Along the Edge
- Choice Bits
- Las Vegas Performance
- Book of Kostis
- Contemporary American Literacy
- Modern Polyartistry
- End of Intelligent Writing, reprint
- More On Innovative Music(ian)s
- Autobiogaphies at 50 & 60
- Book-Art & Alternative Publishing
- A Literary Life in America
- Animated Music
- Artists in America
- Arts & Artists in America
- Master Minds, rev. ed.
- The Maturity of American Thought
- Great American Comedians
- Continuing Tradition of the New
- Charles Ives and the American Imagination
- Special Sounds: The Art of Radio in North America
- Great Jewish Cemetery of Berlin
- Sports & Sportsmen
- Elizabeth Streb
- More Crimes of Culture
- The Fall and Rise of the Rockaways
- Home & Away: Travel Essays
- American Composers in Their Own Words
- The Art of Literary Demolition
- Possibilities of Longer Poetry
- Alternative American Autobiographies
- The American Tradition in Poetry
- John Cage's Poetry
- Foster Damon's Uncollected Writings
- Libertarian Tradition: American Anarchist Thought
- E.E. Cummings ReConSidered
- Conceptual Dance: Choreographic Comedies
- An Emma Goldman Reader
- American Composers as Writers
- AnOther Ogden Nash
- Classic Essays on Rock
- New American Radio Plays
- Second Anthology of Merce Criticism
Proposal for Cummings ReConSideRed: An Anthology of Essays
The research for AnOther E. E. Cummings (Liveright, 1998) made me realize a need for a companion anthology of Cummings criticism that would include essays that were not reprinted before or, if they appeared in books, not currently in print. This new book would emphasize those critical essays that advance considerably beyond earlier understandings of Cummingsts achievement, either in critical penetration or in identifying previously hidden relationships. Among the essays I would expect to include, consider the following, in no particular order:
Logan, John. â€œThe Organ-Grinder and the Cockatoo,â€ in Jerome Mazzaro, ed., Modern American Poetry (McKay, 1970), 9,000 wds.
Griffiths, Paul. Entry on EEC in New Groveâ€™s Dictionary of Musicians (1986), 300 wds.
Hyman, Stanley Edgar. â€œThe Extremes of E. E. Cummings,â€ Standards (Horizon, 1966), 1,500 wds.
Munson, Gorham B. â€œSyrinx,â€ Secession, 5 (July 1923), 4,000 wds.
Cureton, Richard D. tâ€™E. E. Cummings: A Study of the Poetic use of Deviant Morphology,â€ Poetics Today, 1/1-2 (Autumn 1979), 14,000 wds.
Kidder, Rushworth. â€œTwin Obsessionsâ€™: The Poetry and Paintings of E. E. Cummings,â€ Georgia Review (1978), 10,000 wds (with full-page illustrations)
Rosenfeld, â€œThe Voyages,â€ Wake, 5 (1946), 5,000 words
Porter, Fairfield. â€œThe Paintings of E. E. Cummings,â€ Wake, 5 (1946), 800 words.
Cohen, Milton R. â€œPerceptual Ambiguity in his Early Poetry, Painting,â€ University of Hartford Studies in Literature, XV/1 (1983).
Jakobson, Roman, & Linda R. Waugh. â€œInferences from a Cummings Poem,â€ in The Sound Shape of Language (Bloomington, IN, 1979)
Fairley, Irene I. â€œSyntax as Style: An Analysis of Three Cummingsâ€™ Poems,â€ Studies Presented to R. Jakobson by His Students (Cambridge, 1968)
Benedikt, Michael, preface to Santa Claus, in his Theatre Experiment (Anchor, 1967), 500 wds.
Babcock, Sister Mary David, O.S.B. â€œCummingsâ€™ Typography: An Ideogrammic Style,â€ Renascence (??)
Burke, Kenneth. Letter to Master Eugene Winton (Feb. 21, 1923), in William Wasserstrom, The Time of the Dial (Syracuse University, 1963), 300 wds.
Moore, Marianne, several appreciations from her Collected Prose (Viking, 1986), 5,000 wds.
Hovland, M. A. The Cummings entry on Musical Settings of American Poetry: A Bibliography.
Gross, Harvey. â€œE. E. Cummings,â€ Sound and Form in Modern Poetry (Univ. of Michigan, 196)4), 1,200 wds.
Wickes, George. â€œTypographic Verse,â€ Americans in Paris (Paris Review Editions, 1969), 6,000 wds.
Dickinson, Peter. â€œStein Satie Cummings Thomson Berners Cage,â€ The Musical Quarterly (1986), 6,000 wds.
Klima, Edward S., and Ursula Bellugi, â€œPoetry without Sound,â€ New Wilderness Letter, 9, as reprinted in Rothenbergsâ€™ Symposium of the Whole (Berkeley, 1986)
My own sense is that this emphasis upon the more innovative Cummings rescues his reputation from the wastebacket of triviality into which it has fallen (as in the recent histories of American poetry and American literature). The book should run about 300 pages, or 115,000 words at 400 words to a page. I previously edited anthologies of criticism of Gertrude Stein, Merce Cunningham, and John Cage, not to mention On Contemporary Literature (196)4, 1969) and American Writing Today (1982, 1991), among others. Please let me know what you and your colleagues think and might want me to do.