Cummings at Silver Lake

Young Estlin Cummings’ “Wild West Show”

From a collection of E. E. Cummings’s early letters, writings, and drawings, together with family portraits by Charles Sydney Hopkinson, displayed in the summer of 2013 by Massachusetts Historical Society’s Treasures Gallery at their 1154 Boylston Street headquarters in Boston.

Estlin Cummings “Wild West Show” featured a selection of E.E. Cummings’s childhood writings and drawings, showcasing the young poet’s earliest experiments with words and illustrations. Drawings and paintings include ink blots, watercolors, and sketches in pen and pencil of cowboys and Indians, boats, the “world’s tallest tower,” wild west shows, hunting expeditions, locomotives, zoos, circuses, elephants, and house plans.