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Conrad Aiken (1889–1973)

Autor/a de Selected Poems

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Sobre l'autor

Conrad Potter Aiken was born on August 5, 1889 in Savannah, Georgia. He attended Middlesex School in Concord, Massachusetts, where he edited the school newspaper, played baseball, and won a tennis doubles championship. In 1907, he entered Harvard University and became friends with T.S. Eliot. mostra'n més Knowing he was destined to be a poet from an early age, Aiken is paradoxically regarded by some critics as both a dazzling craftsman and by others as being long-winded and vague. However, many critics feel that he was central to American literature, a "literary period in himself." Aiken is perhaps best known for his 1930 Pulitzer Prize-winning book Selected Poems (1929), but he regarded the poem "Ushant" as his most satisfying work. In almost all of Aiken's works, his overriding concern has been to resolve what might be called a personal identity crisis in terms of the cosmic evolution of consciousness and one's relationship to the world at large. In the 1920s Aiken turned to short story writing to supplement his income. Overall, he published more than 50 titles, including 35 collections of poetry, five novels, one autobiographical essay, and several collections of short stories and criticism. Conrad Aiken died on August 17, 1973 at the age of 84. (Bowker Author Biography) mostra'n menys
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Obres de Conrad Aiken

Selected Poems (1961) 159 exemplars
A Comprehensive Anthology of American Poetry (1929) — Editor — 129 exemplars
Twentieth-Century American Poetry (1777) — Editor, Preface & Contributor — 97 exemplars
An Anthology of Famous English and American Poetry (1944) — Editor — 85 exemplars
Collected poems (1953) 45 exemplars
Ushant: An Essay (1952) 44 exemplars
Modern American Poets (1927) — Editor — 29 exemplars
Blue Voyage (1927) 24 exemplars
The House of Dust: A Symphony (1920) 24 exemplars
A Seizure of Limericks (1964) 19 exemplars
Thee (1967) 17 exemplars
Great Circle (1933) 17 exemplars
A Heart for the Gods of Mexico (1976) 13 exemplars
Brownstone Eclogues (1942) 13 exemplars
Preludes (1966) 13 exemplars
The Kid (1947) 12 exemplars
King Coffin (1935) 12 exemplars
Skylight one, fifteen poems (1949) 11 exemplars
The soldier : a poem (1944) 9 exemplars
Preludes for Memnon (1931) 8 exemplars
The Jig of Forslin: A Symphony (2007) 6 exemplars
Mr. Arcularis {play} (1957) 6 exemplars
The Divine Pilgrim (1949) 5 exemplars
Among the lost people (1934) 5 exemplars
Earth Triumphant (2009) 5 exemplars
Time in the rock (1936) 4 exemplars
Gehenna (1977) 4 exemplars
Costumes by Eros (1928) 4 exemplars
Impulse 4 exemplars
Sheepfold Hill: Fifteen Poems (1958) 4 exemplars
SCEPTICISMS (1919) 3 exemplars
Fremder Mond (1989) 2 exemplars
Ein Platz, den Mond zu sehen (1997) 2 exemplars
La derniere visite (2023) 1 exemplars
La vita non è un racconto (1964) 1 exemplars
Senlin; a biography 1 exemplars
Cambio de opinión 1 exemplars
The art of knowing 1 exemplars
The Room [poem] 1 exemplars
Tetélestai [poem] 1 exemplars
Sea Holly [poem] 1 exemplars
Wake 11: Conrad Aiken Number (1952) 1 exemplars

Obres associades

Short Story Masterpieces (1954) — Col·laborador — 680 exemplars
Great Tales of Terror and the Supernatural (1944) — Col·laborador — 641 exemplars
Great American Short Stories (1957) — Col·laborador — 497 exemplars
A Pocket Book of Modern Verse (1954) — Col·laborador, algunes edicions443 exemplars
Fifty Great American Short Stories (1965) — Col·laborador — 433 exemplars
The Selected Poems of Emily Dickinson [Modern Library Classics] (1924) — Introducció, algunes edicions399 exemplars
A Treasury of Short Stories (1947) — Col·laborador — 292 exemplars
The Faber Book of Modern Verse (1936) — Col·laborador, algunes edicions286 exemplars
The 40s: The Story of a Decade (2014) — Col·laborador — 277 exemplars
The Treasury of American Short Stories (1981) — Col·laborador — 269 exemplars
This Is My Best (1942) — Col·laborador — 188 exemplars
American Religious Poems: An Anthology (2006) — Col·laborador — 162 exemplars
Vampires, Wine, and Roses (1997) — Col·laborador — 155 exemplars
Black Water 2: More Tales of the Fantastic (1990) — Col·laborador — 152 exemplars
An Anthology of Famous American Stories (1953) — Col·laborador — 138 exemplars
Poets of World War II (2003) — Col·laborador — 133 exemplars
The Standard Book of British and American Verse (1932) — Col·laborador — 116 exemplars
American Fantastic Tales: Boxed Set (2009) — Col·laborador — 92 exemplars
7th Annual Edition: The Year's Best S-F (1962) — Col·laborador — 91 exemplars
Bedside Book of Famous American Stories (1936) — Col·laborador — 71 exemplars
200 Years of Great American Short Stories (1975) — Col·laborador — 69 exemplars
American Sonnets: An Anthology (2007) — Col·laborador — 66 exemplars
Great Tales of Fantasy and Imagination (1945) — Col·laborador — 56 exemplars
Masters of the Modern Short Story (1945) — Col·laborador — 46 exemplars
A Quarto of Modern Literature (1935) — Col·laborador — 39 exemplars
An American Omnibus (1933) — Col·laborador — 31 exemplars
60 Years of American Poetry (1996) — Col·laborador — 28 exemplars
Pulitzer Prize Reader (1961) — Col·laborador — 27 exemplars
Studies in Fiction (1965) — Col·laborador — 22 exemplars
The Looking Glass Book of Stories (1960) — Col·laborador — 21 exemplars
American Poetry, 1922 A Miscellany (2007) — Col·laborador — 19 exemplars
Ellery Queen's Poetic Justice (1967) — Col·laborador, algunes edicions18 exemplars
Half-a-Hundred Stories for Men, Great Tales by American Writers (1945) — Col·laborador — 15 exemplars
Uomini che non ho sposato (2016) — Col·laborador — 15 exemplars
Poetry in Crystal (1963) — Col·laborador — 15 exemplars
T.S. Eliot (Bloom's Major Poets) (1999) — Col·laborador — 12 exemplars
31 Stories (1960) — Col·laborador — 12 exemplars
Favourite Scary Stories from Graveside Al (1996) — Col·laborador — 11 exemplars
A Treasury of Doctor Stories (1946) — Col·laborador — 9 exemplars
Great Tales of City Dwellers (1955) — Col·laborador — 8 exemplars
Men and Women: The Poetry of Love (1970) — Col·laborador — 8 exemplars
Bibliothek Suhrkamp. Ein Lesebuch, Klassiker der Moderne (1989) — Col·laborador — 8 exemplars
The Story Survey (1953) — Col·laborador — 6 exemplars
Breakdown and Other Thrillers — Col·laborador — 4 exemplars
American poets, an anthology of contemporary verse — Col·laborador — 4 exemplars
Contemporary Short Stories: Representative Selections, Volume 1 (1953) — Col·laborador — 2 exemplars
Cricket Magazine, Vol. 5, No. 10, June 1978 — Col·laborador — 2 exemplars
The Masque of the Red Death and Other Tales of Horror (1964) — Col·laborador — 2 exemplars
Introduction to Fiction (1974) — Col·laborador — 1 exemplars
Cricket Magazine, Vol. 5, No. 12, August 1978 (1978) — Col·laborador — 1 exemplars
Cricket Magazine, Vol. 6, No. 3, November 1978 (1978) — Col·laborador — 1 exemplars


Coneixement comú

Nom normalitzat
Aiken, Conrad
Nom oficial
Aiken, Conrad Potter
Altres noms
Leake, Samuel, Jr.
Data de naixement
Data de defunció
Lloc d'enterrament
Bonaventure Cemetery, Savannah, Georgia, USA
País (per posar en el mapa)
Lloc de naixement
Savannah, Georgia, USA
Lloc de defunció
Savannah, Georgia, USA
Llocs de residència
Savannah, Georgia, USA
New Bedford, Massachusetts, USA
Concord, Massachusetts, USA
Washington, D.C., USA
Rye, New York, USA
West Brewster, Massachusetts, USA
Middlesex School, Concord, Massachusetts
Harvard University (AB|1911)
literary critic
short-story writer
Lorenz, Clarissa (wife)
Aiken, Joan (daughter)
Hodge, Jane Aiken (daughter)
Aiken, John (son)
Eliot, T. S. (friend)
Pound, Ezra (friend) (mostra-les totes 9)
Lowry, Malcolm (friend)
Davies, W. H. (friend)
Santayana, George (teacher)
American Academy of Arts and Letters
Harvard Club
Premis i honors
Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress (1950-52)
Gold Medal, National Institute of Arts and Letters
National Medal for Literature
Bollingen Prize (1956)
Poet Lauerate of Georgia
Shelley Memorial Award (first winner) (mostra-les totes 13)
Gold Medal of Achievement, Brandeis University
St. Botolph Award
Huntington Hartford Foundation award
Academy of American Poets Fellowship
Guggenheim fellowship
Aiken Taylor Award
Georgia Writers Hall of Fame
Biografia breu
Conrad Aiken was an American poet, short story writer, critic and novelist. Most of Aiken's work reflects his intense interest in psychoanalysis and the development of identity. As editor of Emily Dickinson's Selected Poems in 1924, he was largely responsible for establishing her posthumous literary reputation. From the 1920s Aiken divided his life between England and the United States, playing a significant role in introducing American poets to the British audience.

He was the father of two gifted writers, Joan Aiken and Jane Aiken Hodge.



THE DEEP ONES: "Mr. Arcularis" by Conrad Aiken a The Weird Tradition (abril 2016)


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jgonn | Apr 24, 2024 |
A generous helping of Conrad Aiken's critical writings, from 1915 to 1955, this volume goes a long way toward understanding the man, the critic, the poet, the writer. His humble, yet profound understanding of the artists he reviews is a delight to read- especially the three self-effacing, harsh critiques he does of his own work early on. This book is a must-read for anyone who wants an accessible entryway into the world of literary criticism and the gifted artists it examines.
gauchoman | Oct 24, 2023 |
Though the least accessible memoir I have ever read, Aiken's epic-length essay pulls me back every so often as if to say, "Oh, come on. You can do it. Finish the book this time." And I try. And I fail. But one of these days... (Which is what I keep saying about Moby Dick and Don Quixote.)
The book's obtuse nature aside, though, it is full of prose that is by turns mysterious and beautiful, surreal and stark, tender and brutal. Like many of Aiken's stories, you are entering a world you won't soon forget, the events compelling, even more so if you study about Aiken's life before tackling Ushant. In the end, I believe it was very brave of Aiken to bare his life to the world- even if it's sometimes done by way of riddles, ciphers and symbolism. That's one of the reasons this book is so fascinating and rewarding.
To get a fuller picture of Aiken's style and talent, check out the novel Blue Voyage. Similar themes and style, but more straightforward... well, most of the time...
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gauchoman | Oct 24, 2023 |
Reading Aiken’s BLUE VOYAGE again, and it makes more sense this time. Not sure if it just took a while to get used to Aiken’s style, or if I’m paying closer attention now, or if it’s because I understand the story better. Regardless, it’s becoming one of those books I’ll return to every couple of years just because it’s so deep, atmospheric and puzzling. Sex, death, eternity, spirituality, religion- it’s all there in one form or another.

As for structure and tone, it moves forward in time, over a series of days, but the voyage is fraught with flashbacks, internal and external conversations, dreams, letters, multiple streams of dialogue vying simultaneously for the reader’s attention. To read this book is to walk into the middle of conversations, stories, relationships and voyages. There’s no beginning and no end; it feels like we’ve been on the ship forever. Though countries are mentioned, the world is this ship, an island isolated from everything in the past or future.

What doesn’t make sense yet are the recurring images/thoughts of crucifixion. Why didn’t Aiken instead speak of self-sacrifice in terms of martyrdom or masochism? To be crucified is not necessarily something that one submits to willingly, like a martyr, but ending up on the cross has never been something one couldn’t avoid, if they put their mind to it. Maybe Aiken is simply implying that a commitment to something like marriage- matrimony or avoidance of the same figure prominently in this tale- is only worthwhile if someone is willing to give up freedom and comfort.

Marriage doesn’t fare well, as an institution, in the book. Smith’s marriage- Smith being a secondary character- failed years before; Demarest (the main character) is a confirmed but unfulfilled, bachelor; Cynthia, his ex-fiancé, is about to be married; one of the ship’s staff is married, but ready to cheat on his wife; the Major stays away from his wife for months at a time; the alluring Faubion is married, but on the cusp of a divorce due to her infidelity. None of the characters in Blue Voyage appear with their spouses- and of all of them, Demarest seems the closest to desiring a meaningful relationship. Yet he seems unable, due to fear or a lack of confidence, to effect the relationship he desires.

As for the characters, one of the most annoying is the geriatric Smith; more pathetic than lecherous, he is the personification of regret. Allegedly on the prowl for women, he is more talk than action. He flirts when he should be charming, charming when he should be genuine, friendly when he should instead be a friend. He seems to be the future that Demarest sees himself destined to become- unless this protagonist can overcome a fear of failure enabled by narcissism. Smith is the closest thing to a friend that Demarest has on board the ship, yet the elderly man is more of a co-conspirator in the quest for sex. To say that Smith is past his prime would be understatement; he is on death’s door, or might as well be, so unable is he to connect with the opposite sex.

I could go on and on, for BLUE VOYAGE is one of those books of which another book could be written, there is so much going on- the author’s psyche embedded everywhere one looks. His affairs, wordplay, poetry career, musings on religion, witnessed deaths in his family, and father-son dysfunction. It’s all there, and put together in such a way that I’ll never get to the bottom of it- not as long as his other puzzler, USHANT, is around.
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gauchoman | Hi ha 1 ressenya més | Oct 24, 2023 |



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