i was sitting in mcsorley's Criticism

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"i was sitting in mcsorley's" appeared in cum-mings's first collection of poetry, Tulips & Chimneys, published in 1923. Cummings initially put together a collection of his poems in 1919 but had no success in finding a publisher. In 1922, after Cummings had revised the contents of the collection, his friend, writer John Dos Passos, convinced Liverlight publisher Thomas Meltzer to publish the book. The book that appeared contained only sixty-six of the original 152 poems in the manuscript.

Its critical reception was mixed. Reviewing the collection for New York World, Robert E. Wolf writes: "It is extraordinarily good ... it contains, in its own individual style, as beautiful poems as have been written by any present-day poet in the English language." Herbert Gorman of the New York Times Book Review is not as effusive, claiming that "Cummings is immensely derivative in a large part of his work," although "often he reaches a high...

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