I was originally drawn to the March 2014 issue of Vanity Fair due to the subtitle of the article The Prince of Patchin Place:
"... the Harris Tweed-clad modernist [E.E. Cummings], a longtime friend and mentor to her novelist father, rocked her teenage world."
Cummings felt that way despite:
"... he sometimes didn’t make enough money to pay the rent on the ramshackle apartment in Greenwich Village.""... his last book of poetry had been rejected by every estimable publisher,his wife was six months pregnant by her dentist andhis Aunt Jane had purloined his income ..."
However, Cummings had the "... ability to live elegantly on almost no money." And maybe most importantly, through it all, he maintained a very high level of self-esteem, which according to Cabane in The Charisma Myth would explain his charismatic appeal to the 15-year-old Masters High School sophomore.