Books: Russia Revisited

EIMI (432 pp.)—E. E. Cummings—Sloane ($5).

When it was first published in 1933 (in an edition of 1,300 copies), Poet Edward Estlin Cummings' journal of a visit to Russia fell flat. Written in a stream-of-consciousness style filled with puns, parodies and typographical innovations, it seemed on the surface a needlessly complicated work on a subject of no great difficulty—a trip from Paris to Moscow (and back by Odessa and Constantinople) on which nothing happened,

In the years since, the style* of Eimi (pronounced ay-me—"I am," in Greek) has become slightly more familiar; it offers...

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