Edward Estlin Cummings, who later legally changed his name to e.e. Cummings, was long looked down upon by the poetic community and critiqued for his pyrotechnics of typography. He enlisted in the ambulance corp in WWI, but was put into a French internment camp along with his friend for violating censorship laws in letters that they sent during the war. The events that transpired to him while being held there inspired him to write "The Enormous Room". After the war Cummings, during the years of 1921-23, Cummings lived in France and was arrested on multiple occasions, one being a time he relieved himself on the streets of Paris in the presence of a fellow service-man. He lived intermittently in Paris in the year following this then took to the life of tourism throughout the 1920's.