Fairy Tales by E. E. Cummings

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In the 1920s, while living in Paris, poet E. E. Cummings wrote fairy tales for his only little daughter Nancy, which was an unknown fact until 1965.

Only four survived and published in a small booklet accompanied by drawing by Canadian artist John Eaton.

In Brain Pickings, Maria Popova managed to track down the first edition of Cumming’s “Fairy Tales,” and shared the original illustrations to his stories.


Guia Cortassa was born, lives, and works in Milan, Italy. After working as a Contemporary Art curator, she went back to writing. She is a contributing editor for Ondarock and her writing has appeared on Rivista Studio, Flair and the Quietus. She compulsively tweets @gcmorvern. More from this author →