Originally Posted by SpamSandwich
...e. e. cummings legally had his name changed to include all lowercase letters.
No he didn't.
According to his widow he did not, as reported in the preface of one book, have his name legally changed to "e. e. cummings". He wrote to his French translator that he preferred the capitalized version. They wrote to Cummings on 27 February 1951 ... "are you E.E.Cummings, ee cummings, or what?(so far as the title page is concerned)wd u like title page all in lowercase?"
The poet himself replied replied on 1 March 1951: "E.E.Cummings, unless your printer prefers E. E. Cummings/ titlepage up to you."
So he personally preferred and used the uppercase (sometimes with space, sometimes without) in all his signings.
More on the debate here ... http://www.gvsu.edu/english/cummings/caps.htm
Now back to the madness.