Aiken, Conrad, 1889-1973

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Birth 1889-08-05
Death 1973-08-17
Americans
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American poet, short-story writer, novelist, and critic .

From the description of Letter, 1969 January 26 (Johns Hopkins University). WorldCat record id: 148050827

Conrad Aiken was an American novelist, short-story writer, and poet.

From the description of Conrad Aiken collection of papers, 1913-1963. (New York Public Library). WorldCat record id: 122346146

From the guide to the Conrad Aiken collection of papers, 1913-1963, (The New York Public Library. Henry W. and Albert A. Berg Collection of English and American Literature.)

American poet, critic, and fiction writer.

From the description of Galley proof, and letter [manuscript]: Brewster, Mass., to Joseph Blotner, 1940 and 1964 May 16. (University of Virginia). WorldCat record id: 647832564

From the description of Papers and photographs of Conrad Aiken, 1912-1959. (University of Virginia). WorldCat record id: 31253961

Aiken was a poet and literary critic who was born and later died in Savannah, Georgia.

From the description of Correspondence, 1931-1961. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 122632057

Conrad Aiken (1889-1970), American poet, short story writer, critic and novelist.

From the description of Papers of Conrad Aiken, 1851-1983, (bulk 1920-1970). (Huntington Library, Art Collections & Botanical Gardens). WorldCat record id: 122594049

Conrad Aiken published poems, essays, short stories, novels, and literary criticism. He won a Pulitzer Prize in 1930 for Selected Poems (1929) and a National Book Award for Collected Poems (1953). His literary autobiography, Ushant, reveals the international nature of his complex life and literary career. Conrad Potter Aiken was born in Savannah, Georgia, on August 5, 1889, the eldest of four children of a prominent doctor from New York, William Aiken... When Aiken was eleven, Aiken's father killed his wife and then shot himsel--without any warning. The young Aiken was sent to live with an aunt in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He later attended Harvard University, where he met the young T. S. Eliot, who became a lifelong friend and literary associate... Aiken's earliest poetry was written partly under the influence of a beloved teacher at Harvard, the philosopher George Santayana. This association shaped Aiken as a poet who was deeply musical in his approach and, at the same time, philosophical in seeking answers to his own problems and the problems of the modern world. After 1960, when his work was rediscovered by readers and critics, a new view of Aiken emerged--one that emphasized his psychological problems, along with his continuing study of Sigmund Freud, Carl G. Jung, and other depth psychologists... Six months before Aiken's death on August 17, 1973, Governor Jimmy Carter appointed him poet laureate of the state of Georgia. "Conrad Aiken (1889-1973)" New Georgia Encyclopedia. http://www.georgiaencyclopedia.org/nge/Article.jsp?id=h-454&sug=y (Retrieved 11/4/08)

From the description of Conrad Aiken papers, 1970-1973. (University of Georgia). WorldCat record id: 288665060

American author and poet.

From the description of Papers, 1917-1962. (Washington University in St. Louis). WorldCat record id: 26089175

American poet.

From the description of Letters of Conrad Aiken [manuscript], 1956 and 1961. (University of Virginia). WorldCat record id: 647845711

American modernist poet.

From the description of Sixth voice from Punch ; All lovely things, [19--] / Conrad Aiken. (University of California, San Diego). WorldCat record id: 18347362

American poet, prose fiction writer, and critic.

From the description of Works and correspondence, 1916-1969, n.d. (Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center (HRC); University of Texas at Austin). WorldCat record id: 122601912

Aiken was a poet, novelist and short story writer from Savannah, Georgia.

From the description of Collection, 1919-1940. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 122348910

American poet, critic and fiction writer.

From the description of Galley proof and letter: Brewster, Mass., to Joseph Blotner, 1940 and 1964 May 16. (University of Virginia). WorldCat record id: 122623525

Aiken was an American poet, critic, and fiction writer.

From the description of Papers and photographs: 1912-1959. (Waverly Public Library). WorldCat record id: 122529912

American poet, anthologist, critic and fiction writer.

From the guide to the Conrad Aiken letter to Mr. Herbert Cahoon, 1952, (The New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division.)

Aiken was an American poet, novelist, and short-story writer.

From the description of Miscellaneous correspondence, 1914-1969. (Harvard University). WorldCat record id: 79664002

From the description of Miscellaneous prose, 1913-1969. (Harvard University). WorldCat record id: 122505790

From the description of Miscellaneous poems, 1913-1969. (Harvard University). WorldCat record id: 80044057

From the description of Collection, 1917-1962 (inclusive), 1918-1937 (bulk). (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 122318715

From the description of Correspondence : with Clarissa Lorenz Aiken, 1926-1937 and undated. (Harvard University). WorldCat record id: 612884978

From the guide to the Miscellaneous prose, 1913-1969., (Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University)

From the guide to the Miscellaneous poems, 1913-1969., (Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University)

From the guide to the Miscellaneous correspondence, 1914-1969., (Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University)

Aiken was an American poet, novelist, and short story writer.

From the description of Papers concerning Tomás Borrás' La Mujer de Sal in translation, 1933-1938. (Harvard University). WorldCat record id: 122581260

From the guide to the Conrad Aiken papers concerning Tomás Borrás', La Mujer de Sal, in translation, 1933-1938., (Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University)

Conrad Aiken, born in Savannah, Ga., published poetry, short stories, novels, critism, one play, and a long autobiographical essay. Although he received the most prestigious of literary awards, including a Pulitzer Prize in 1930 for Selected Poems and a National Book Award in 1954 for Collected Poems, along with the critical acclaim of some of the most respected writers and critics of his time, Aiken never became a truly popular poet.

From the description of Conrad Aiken letters and poem, 1921-1962. (Pennsylvania State University Libraries). WorldCat record id: 70193500

Aiken was an American poet, novelist, and short-story writer. His Mr. Arcularis: A play was published by Harvard University Press in 1957.

From the description of Papers concerning Mr. Arcularis, 1956 and undated. (Harvard University). WorldCat record id: 79390045

From the guide to the Papers concerning, Mr. Arcularis, 1956 and undated., (Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University)

"Over a period of nearly fifty years Conrad Aiken published poems, essays, short stories, novels, and literary criticism. He won a Pulitzer Prize in 1930 for Selected Poems (1929) and a National Book Award for Collected Poems (1953). His literary autobiography, Ushant, reveals the international nature of his complex life and literary career. Conrad Potter Aiken was born in Savannah, Georgia, on August 5, 1889, the eldest of four children of a prominent doctor from New York, William Aiken. The author's mother, Anna, was the daughter of a prominent Massachusetts Unitarian minister. When Aiken was eleven, Aiken's father killed his wife and then shot himself--without any warning. The young Aiken was sent to live with an aunt in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He later attended Harvard University, where he met the young T. S. Eliot, who became a lifelong friend and literary associate. Aiken married Jessie McDonald in 1912. They had three children but divorced in the late 1920s, after they had settled in England." -- "Conrad Aiken (1889-1973)", from New Georgia Encyclopedia (accessed 27 February 2009)

From the description of Conrad Aiken poem, before 1973. (University of Georgia). WorldCat record id: 311079826

From the description of Letter to Wesley Hartley, 1957 August 5. (University of Georgia). WorldCat record id: 432343103

Conrad Potter Aiken, poet and literary critic, was born in Savannah, Georgia, 5 August 1889, and died there 17 August 1973.

Aiken lived most of his life in New England, was married three times, and had three children. In 1912, he received his A.B. degree from Harvard University, and in 1914, the first of his 42 books (which included poetry, fiction, and criticism) was published. He also worked as an editor, columnist, and journal correspondent. He was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for verse (1930), was poetry consultant to the Library of Congress (1950-1952), won the National Book Award (1954) and the Gold Medal of the National Institute of Arts and Letters (1958), and was Poet Laureate of Georgia (1973).

From the description of Conrad Aiken letters, 1951-1962. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 122385960

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