Writing for The Awl, an intriguing, substantial-looking “New York City-based web concern” dedicated to exploring overlooked stories of interest, James Dempsey reported Wednesday that he has discovered a new poem by e.e. cummings among the notes of The Dial publisher Scofield Thayer, cumming’s friend, mentor, patron, and husband of the woman with whom cummings had an affair (hence the sensationalist title of this post). As Thayer’s biographer, Dempsey focuses largely on the publisher’s relationship with cummings and professional travails, but he goes on to discuss “(tonite,” a one-page poem perhaps notable for its repeated use of “the N-word,” which may explain why it has remained unpublished.
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