E. E. Cummings’s Christmas Card

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In this card, from the archives of the Academy of American Poets, E. E. Cummings sends a Christmas greeting like no other, with his own poem and illustration. Cummings was known for his Christmas salutations, as he would send short messages and drawings. In December 1946, he sent a Christmas card to Ezra Pound with a drawing of his house on Patchin Place and the greeting “Merry Christmas And Happy New Year.” In December 1949, his drawing of choice was of a charging elephant holding a staff with a banner that read “Merry Christmas.”

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