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FIRST EDITION OF e.e. cummings "NO THANKS" 1 of 900
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Binding: Hardcover Special Attributes: 1st Edition
Year Printed: 1935

FIRST EDITION OF e.e. cummings "NO THANKS"  1 of 900

Some of his best writing:  self-published after 14 publishers rejected it.

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Cummings, Edward Estlin, 1894-1962 - [Alternate Names: cummings, e.e. - cummings, e. e.] - No Thanks.  NY: Golden Eagle Press, 1935 - One of 900 - Orig cloth, spoiled, with some discoloration and toning.

"In the summer of 1934 the normally buoyant EE Cummings was in low water. His ballet Tom, based on Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe, had been pronounced undanceable by George Balanchine, and had been dropped by the American Ballet. A Hollywood screenwriting offer worth around $10,000 had been made in August but then inexplicably withdrawn. He had been awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship worth $1500, but the money had run out. More brutally, the poems he had written with the Guggenheim money had proved unpublishable. Tentatively entitled 70 Poems, the volume had been turned down by fourteen publishers.



After his fourteen failures Cummings gave up, and turned to his mother for the funds to self-publish the volume. She gave him $300, with which he was able to approach the printer Samuel Jacobs to bring out the volume in three different formats of nine, ninety and nine hundred copies (the attention to detail omnipresent) under his own imprint, the Golden Eagle Press. The title was changed from 70 Poems to No Thanks. The allusion was to the polite refusals of the publishers who had rejected it. To put the final nail in the coffin Cummings included on the dedication page of the book a witty concrete poem, arranging the fourteen publishers in the form of a funeral urn:

NO
THANKS
TO
Farrar & Rinehart
Simon & Schuster
Coward-McCann
Limited Editions
Harcourt, Brace
Random House
Equinox Press
Smith & Haas
Viking Press
Knopf
Dutton
Harper’s
Scribner’s
Covici-Friede"

[Ref: garydexter.blogspot.com/2009/05/77-no-thanks-by-ee-cummings.html]


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