Typewriter of the moment: e. e. cummings


Typewriter of the poet and author e. e. cummings:

Typewriter of e. e. cummings at NYPL, photo by Chris Wolack, WildmooBooks

Typewriter of e. e. cummings, displayed at the New York Public Library, 2012. Photo by Chris Wolack, WildmooBooks

Through March of 2012, 250 objects from the collections of the New York Public Library were displayed to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the opening of the library’s Stephen A. Schwarzman Building.  A few of the objects exhibited were typewriters, including this one.

Did you notice?  The keyboard shows only capital letters!  Did that anger cummings, or make him crazy?  Not that we can see.

More: 

Self-Portrait, Oil Painting. Cummings in the 1950s. Courtesy of Nancy T. Andrews, via Modern American Poetry

 

Tip of the old scrub brush to Chris Wolack at WildmooBooks.

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2 Responses to Typewriter of the moment: e. e. cummings

  1. Ed Darrell says:

    So, maybe cummings had weak pinkies. That would make sense. I think it was more likely out of his intentions to change the conventions, for poetic reasons. Isn’t he the guy who wrote an entire book without using the letter “e,” at one point?

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  2. … But the labor involved in pressing the shift key would certainly represent an easy answer to why no caps (my iPad, on the other hand, insisted on adding caps to this post unless I exerted extra effort to uncap. This would have driven him crazier.).

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