| Cummings was born on October 14, 1894,
and grew up in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He developed a strong interest
in poetry and art at an early age. After completing studies in English
and the classics at Harvard University, Cummings moved to New York where
he stayed until World War I. During the war he volunteered as an
ambulance driver in france. There he saw the suffering of war.
Due to a misunderstanding, Cummings was held in a military detention for
three months. He had been falsely accused of treason. Cummings
wrote THE ENORMOUS ROOM (1922) based on his experiences there. Throughout
the rest of his life, Cummings lived alternately between Paris and New
York. He continued to write his poetry and to give readings until
his death on September 3, 1962.