E.E. Cummings: “The hardest challenge is to be yourself”


“The hardest challenge is to be yourself in a world where everyone is trying to make you be somebody else.”

– E.E. Cummings

Black and white historical photograph showing E.E. Cummings standing in profile. He wears a light-colored trench coat over a vest and trousers, with a dark hat and a scarf loosely tied around his neck. He appears to be standing on a set of steps outside a building. There is visible damage to the bottom part of the photograph, indicating its age.
E.E. Cummings


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  • Photograph taken in 1953 – Albertin, Walter, photographer. E.E. Cummings, full-length portrait, facing left, wearing hat and coat / World-Telegram photo by Walter Albertin. Photograph. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/95506981/>