The Enormous Room
Hard Cover. New York: Boni and Liveright, 1922. First Edition. Very Good.
First edition, second state. Publisher's mustard yellow cloth, lettered in black. Some soiling and rubbing to the spine, light soiling to the covers, former owner signature to front endpaper. A very good copy. The Enormous Room is an autobiographical novel that details E.E. Cummings' time in a French prison during World War I. Serving as an ambulance driver, Cummings and his friend William Slater Brown, named "B" in the book, expressed anti-war sentiments while they were enlisted. Cummings himself proclaimed to have had no ill will towards the Germans they were fighting against. The pair also preferred the company of the French to their American peers; this behavior garnered negative attention and landed the two in prison under suspicion of espionage. The book describes their time imprisoned in an "enormous room" with thirty other people. The title refers to both the physical space Cummings was held captive in and the place in his mind where his memories of the event live.