E.E. Cummings’ The Enormous Room By Nicholas James Pedler

E.E. Cummings’ first novel, The Enormous Room, is a moving autobiographical account of his time spent in a French internment camp in 1917. The French government ordered Cummings’ internment because of his friendship with a pacifist and his refusal to declare hatred towards Germans. Fortunately, Cummings’ father, the first professor of Harvard’s sociology program, had influential connections that ultimately led to Cummings’ release. The Enormous Room was not a commercial success and received mixed reviews. Cummings’ artistic relation of the harrowing truths of World War I has made the novel an enduring, legendary war epic. Cummings’ autobiographical account is moving and charismatic, released during a time when America was attempting to regain composure after a tragic and costly World War. Nicholas James Pedler majored in English literature in college and enjoys classic British and American literary works. Drawn to E.E. Cummings’ unique writing style, Nicholas James Pedler appreciates enlightening and philosophical works.

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