May 26, 2011, 09:04AM

James Thayer And A Lost E.E. Cummings Poem

"He is a 'cheap boulevardier,' 'a soft-shoe poet'; he 'is to Am. lit what [Al] Jolson is to Am. stage.' But the fact of Thayer’s support for (and perhaps need of) his friend right up to the end—he vainly begged Cummings to come to him in Europe when he was having his breakdown—shows another side of this complex and fateful man."

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