September 8th is National Ampersand Day. J. Alison Rosenblitt on the significance of the ampersand to E.E. Cummings and his poetry, as well as its use in the work of Ocean Vuong.
J. Alison Rosenblitt is Senior College Lecturer in Ancient History / Director of Studies in Classics at Regent’s Park College, University of Oxford. The Beauty of Living: E.E. Cummings in the Great War (W.W. Norton, 2020) is her third book overall, and her first book for a general audience. She trained as an ancient historian, and came to study E.E. Cummings via Cummings’ pleasingly provocative and disobedient relationship with the classical world.