"Will out of the kindness of their hearts a few philosophers tell me"
ca. 1926. Cummings' handwritten draft of this poem: nearly 150 words, with much reworking evident: the poem was eventually published in his book Is 5, with perhaps an additional 50 words and a further reordering of the sentences. Written on the verso of an ink drawing by Cummings, of the highly inhabited seaside mountaintop of what appears to be Chalcis, Greece. This sketch was published in Cummings' 1931 book of his collected artwork, CIOPW. 7-3/4" x 5". Two corners and one edge chipped: brown and fragile; very good. [#018055] $13,000
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