Papers and photographs of Conrad Aiken, 1912-1959.


Aiken, Conrad, 1889-1973. Papers and photographs of Conrad Aiken, 1912-1959.

Papers and photographs of Conrad Aiken, 1912-1959.

The correspondence, 1915-1959, chiefly concerns Aiken's attempts to earn a good income through wise investments and good publicity for his books, The Jig of Torslin, 1916; The Charnel Rose, 1918; The House of Dust, 1920; and The Coming Forth by Day of Osiris Jones, 1931. In other letters Aiken mentions the effects of his childhood on his writings; his novel Great Circle, 1933; Anaïs Nin's plans to review King Coffin, 1935; and his desire to avoid the draft. Other writers mentioned are James Branch Cabell, T.S. Eliot, Malcolm Lowry, David Thompson Watson McCord, and Harold Edward Monro. Correspondents include: Jessie McDonald Aiken, William Rose Benét, Edmund R. Brown, J.A. DeLacey, Creighton Hill, Clayton Hoagland, and Richard Trombly's class. The collection also contains Aiken's story Silent Snow, Secret Snow; his poems, Clock and Compass, Music, and Another Beginning, Midnight It Was ... ; and essays about Earth Triumphant and Turns and Movies. There are also photographs, 1912 and 1930, of Aiken and of the Aiken family with Malcolm Lowry; and contracts, 1916-1921, between Aiken and the Four Seas Company of Boston, a publishing firm.

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