E.E. Cummings by Barry A. Marks

Copyright 1964
Checked out 30 times in 46 years
Last checked out 9 years ago

The circulation on this book about E.E. Cummings speaks volumes about his popularity, just as the circulation on the book of his poems at the Albertville library does. While it’s nice to have a book of criticism about a major poet when a library also has a fairly comprehensive book of the poet’s poetry, I’m not sold on the importance of keeping this book on the shelf. It’s circulation has steadily dwindled over the decades, having been checked out only once in the 2000s. It could be that people can now find out as much as they want to know about Cummings on the internet. Though he has remained popular, the analysis of his poetry isn’t often likely to be an assigned school project requiring the reading of a work of this depth. So I leave it up to the librarian. Keep it or discard it. I don’t think the library or the community will suffer greatly either way.

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