Edward Estlin Cummings
WHO? Known by the public as E.E. Cummings. Called Estlin by family to distinguish from his father, also named Edward.

WHAT? Paintings, poems, plays. Among his published books: Tulips & Chimneys, &, XLI Poems, is 5, ViVa, Eimi, No Thanks, Collected Poems, 50 Poems, 1 × 1, XAIPE: Seventy-One Poems, i—six nonlectures, Poems, 1923-1954, 95 Poems, 73 Poems, Fairy Tales


WHEN? Oct 14, 1894 – Sep 3, 1962 (68 years)

WHERE? Born in Cambridge, Massachusetts

WHY?
" Art is a mystery.

A mystery is something immeasurable.

   In so far as every child and woman and man may be
immeasurable, art is the mystery of every man and woman
and child. In so far as a human being is an artist, skies and
mountains and oceans and thunderbolts and butterflies are
immeasurable; and art is every mystery of nature. Nothing
measurable can be alive; nothing which is not alive can be art; nothing which cannot be art is true: and everything untrue doesn’t matter a very good God damn... "

-- E. E. Cummings, 1965