Conrad Aiken

Conrad Aiken (ā´kĬn), 1889–1973, American author, b. Savannah, Ga., grad. Harvard, 1912. Aiken is best known for his poetry, which often is preoccupied with the sound and structure of music; his volumes of verse include The Charnel Rose (1918), Selected Poems (1929; Pulitzer Prize), Brownstone Eclogues (1942), Collected Poems (1953), A Letter from Li Po (1956), A Seizure of Limericks (1964), and The Clerk's Journal (1971). In 1924 he edited Emily Dickinson's Selected Poems, which established her literary reputation. Aiken's interest in psychopathology is evident in the novels Blue Voyage (1927) and Great Circle (1933). His collected critical essays, A Reviewer's ABC, appeared in 1958, his collected short stories—including "Mr. Arcularis" and "Silent Snow, Secret Snow" —in 1961. Aiken held (1950–57) the poetry chair at the Library of Congress and was awarded the National Medal for Literature (1969).

See his autobiography, Ushant (1952, repr. 1971); biography by J. Martin (1962).

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FREE! The House of Dust: A Symphony
Conrad Aiken.
The Four Seas Company, 1920
Blue Voyage
Conrad Aiken.
Charles Scribner's Sons, 1927
A Library of Literary Criticism: Modern American Literature
Dorothy Nyren; Dorothy Nyren.
Frederick Ungar, 1960 (3rd edition)
Librarian’s tip: Discussion of Conrad Aiken begins on p. 7
I Hear America ...: Literature in the United States since 1900
Vernon Loggins.
Biblo and Tannen, 1967
Librarian’s tip: "Conrad Aiken" begins on p. 170
The Melody of Chaos
Houston Peterson.
Longmans, Green and Co., 1931
Librarian’s tip: Includes discussion of Conrad Aiken in multiple chapters
The Spiritual Aspects of the New Poetry
Amos N. Wilder.
Harper & Brothers, 1940 (2nd edition)
Librarian’s tip: Chap. VI "Mr. Conrad Aiken and the Self"
Autobiographical Occasions and Original Acts: Versions of American Identity from Henry Adams to Nate Shaw
Albert E. Stone.
University of Pennsylvania Press, 1982
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 5 "Cato's Mirror: The Face of Violence in the Autobiographies of Alexander Berkman and Conrad Aiken"
The Coming Forth by Day of Osiris Jones
Conrad Aiken.
Charles Scribner's Sons, 1931
And in the Human Heart
Conrad Aiken.
Duell, Sloan and Pearce, 1940
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