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from the Dictionary of UU Biography. . .
was one of America's leading 20th century poets. A prolific poet and painter, Cummings (in his poetry he often ignored the rules of capitalization and has sometimes been referred to as e. e. cummings) expanded the boundaries of poetry through typographic and linguistic experimentation.
Estlin (he was called by his middle name to distinguish him from his father, Edward) was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts. His father taught sociology at Harvard University before becoming the minister of South Congregational Church (Unitarian) in Boston. His mother, Rebecca, exuded calm and good health and had an artistic bent. Her great-grandfather, Pitt Clarke, was an early Unitarian minister. Her son once commented that her Unitarianism was an integral part of herself. Edward was introduced to Rebecca by his fellow faculty member William James. The Cummings' large family house was in the shadows of Harvard, just across the street from Professor James. http://www25-temp.uua.org/uuhs/duub/articles/eecummings.html
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