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Conrad Aiken Papers (MSS003)

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Correspondence

Manuscripts

Works by Others

Photographs

Clippings

Miscellany



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Conrad Aiken Papers (MSS003), 1917-1962 | MSS Manuscripts

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Collection Overview

Title: Conrad Aiken Papers (MSS003), 1917-1962Add to your cart.

Predominant Dates:1917-1962

ID: MSS/MSS/003

Primary Creator: Aiken, Conrad (1889-1973)

Extent: 1.0 Boxes

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The Conrad Aiken Papers consist entirely of material from his long-standing correspondence with Robert Linscott, an editor with Houghton-Mifflin and later senior editor for Random House. Aiken and Linscott began their long friendship in 1917 and Linscott helped Aiken publish several of his works. Aiken's letters to Linscott document the progress of his work and often reflect Aiken's extreme frustration at his lack of popular success. In them, Aiken describes his personal situation, particularly his two divorces, and his dealings with friends and associates, notably T.S. Eliot and John Gould Fletcher. The letters provide an insider's view of the literary scene, particularly in England during the 1920's. Above all, the Aiken-Linscott correspondence stands as a monument to a friendship that is remarkable for its longevity and its openness.

Collection Historical Note

Aiken, though neglected today and largely unappreciated during his lifetime, is one of the most significant figures in the development of American Modernism. Aiken enrolled at Harvard in 1907, thus qualifying him as a member of one of the famous classes of 1910-1915 which included T.S. Eliot, E.E. Cummings, John Reed, Robert Benchley, and Walter Lippmann. Leaving Harvard in his senior year, Aiken embarked on the first of several trips to Europe. There he met Ezra Pound and Amy Lowell who were then launching the Imagist movement. Soon after his graduation, Aiken moved to Europe and began writing and reviewing for New Republic, Poetry, Dial, and other periodicals. By 1925, he was settled in Boston and well into a writing career that produced more than 50 books of poetry, fiction, and criticism.

Administrative Information

Repository: MSS Manuscripts

Accruals: Interfiled within collection or by accession at end of collection.

Access Restrictions: Open

Use Restrictions:

Users of the collection must read and agree to abide by the rules and procedures set forth in the Materials Use Policies.

Providing access to materials does not constitute permission to publish or otherwise authorize use. All publication not covered by fair use or other exceptions is restricted to those who have permission of the copyright holder, which may or may not be Washington University.

If you wish to publish or license Special Collections materials, please contact Special Collections to inquire about copyright status at (314) 935-5495 or spec@wumail.wustl.edu. (Publish means quotation in whole or in part in seminar or term papers, theses or dissertations, journal articles, monographs, books, digital forms, photographs, images, dramatic presentations, transcriptions, or any other form prepared for a limited or general public.)

Acquisition Method: Purchase and gift. Accessions 867, 1365, 1369

Preferred Citation: Name of the Collection, Washington University Libraries, Department of Special Collections


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Series 1: CorrespondenceAdd to your cart.
The Aiken letters document the progress of his work, particularly his attitude toward individual pieces. Aiken's largest concern is with placing his work, in which Linscott was instrumental, and the letters reflect Aiken's extreme frustration at his lack of success. The letters evidence Aiken's constant struggle to alleviate his frequent financial plight and the subsequent effect on his writing. The letters also provide a great deal of personal information on Aiken's relationships with his family, particularly his two divorces, and his friends and associates, notable T.S. Eliot and John Gould Fletcher. The letters also provide a lively commentary on the literary scene, particularly in England. Above all, the Aiken-Linscott correspondence is evidence of a remarkable friendship.
Folder 1-3: Conrad Aiken to Robert N. Linscott, 1917-1962Add to your cart.
131 items
Folder 4: Robert N. Linscott to Conrad Aiken, 1918-1937Add to your cart.
17 items
Folder 5: Robert N. Linscott to John Cournois, 1923Add to your cart.
1 item
Folder 6: Robert N. Linscott to John Gould Fletcher, 1923Add to your cart.
1 item
Folder 7: Jessie Aiken to Helen Linscott, 1924Add to your cart.
1 item
Folder 8: Jessie Aiken to Robert N. Linscott, 1930Add to your cart.
1 item
Folder 9: Conrad Aiken to Archibald MacLeish, 1925Add to your cart.
1 item
Folder 10: Conrad Aiken to Barbara Turner, 1961Add to your cart.

1 item

Accession 1026a

Folder 11: Conrad Aiken to Thomas Wheeler, 1963Add to your cart.

1 item

Accession 960

Folder 12: Conrad Aiken to Arthur Cohen, 1964Add to your cart.

2 items

Accession 960

Series 2: ManuscriptsAdd to your cart.
Folder 13: Arachne and Tithonus [poem]Add to your cart.
Typescript [carbon], 2 pages. No corrections or revisions.
Folder 14: Cliff Meeting [poem]Add to your cart.
Typescript [carbon], 4 pages. No corrections or revisions.
Folder 15: Dead Leaf in May [poem]Add to your cart.
Typescript [carbon], 2 pages with corrections or revisions.
Folder 16: Elder Tree [poem]Add to your cart.
Typescript [carbon], 2 pages. Slight correction
Folder 17: Electra [poem]Add to your cart.
Typescript, 6 pages with corrections and revisions.
Folder 18: God's Acre [poem]Add to your cart.
Typescript, 2 pages. No corrections or revisions.
Folder 19: Goya: Exercis in a Contemporary Manner [poem]Add to your cart.
Typescript, 2 pages. No corrections or revisions.
Folder 20: Improvisation: Bells from Six Towers [poem]Add to your cart.

Typescript, 2 pages. No corrections or revisions.

Under pseudonym: John Senlin.

Folder 21: Improvisation: The Book of Stars [poem]Add to your cart.

Typescript, 1 page. No corrections or revisions.

Under pseudonym: John Senlin.

Folder 22: Improvisation: Broken Icicles [poem]Add to your cart.

Typescript, 1 page. No corrections or revisions.

Under pseudonym: John Senlin.

Folder 23: Improvisation: Butterflies [poem]Add to your cart.

Typescript, 1 page. No corrections or revisions.

Under pseudonym: John Senlin.

Folder 24: Improvisation: The Crimson Cloud [poem]Add to your cart.

Typescript, 1 page. No corrections or revisions.

Under pseudonym: John Senlin.

Folder 25: Improvisation: A Gay Lady [poem]Add to your cart.

Typescript, 1 page. No corrections or revisions.

Under pseudonym: John Senlin.

Folder 26: Improvisation: He Grows Older [poem]Add to your cart.

Typescript, 1 page. No corrections or revisions.

Under pseudonym: John Senlin.

Folder 27: Improvisation: Lamplight [poem]Add to your cart.

Typescript, 1 page. No corrections or revisions.

Under pseudonym: John Senlin.

Folder 28: Improvisation: The Lonely Room [poem]Add to your cart.

Typescript, 1 page. No corrections or revisions.

Under pseudonym: John Senlin.

Folder 29: Improvisation: An Old Tree [poem]Add to your cart.

Typescript, 1 page. No corrections or revisions.

Under pseudonym: John Senlin.

Folder 30: Improvisation: Rain-worn snow [poem]Add to your cart.

Typescript, 1 page. No corrections or revisions.

Under pseudonym: John Senlin.

Folder 30.1: Improvisation: Roses, Yellow and White [poem]Add to your cart.

Typescript, 1 page. No corrections or revisions.

Under pseudonym: John Senlin.

Folder 31: Improvisation: The Secret Dancer [poem]Add to your cart.

Typescript, 1 page. No corrections or revisions.

Under pseudonym: John Senlin.

Folder 32: Improvisation: The Story-Teller [poem]Add to your cart.

Typescript, 1 page. Slight revision.

Under pseudonym: John Senlin.

Folder 33: Improvisation: White Fingers [poem]Add to your cart.

Typescript, 1 page. No corrections or revisions.

Under pseudonym: John Senlin.

Folder 34: King Borborigmi [poem]Add to your cart.
Typescript [carbon], 5 pages with corrections and revisions.
Folder 35: Landscape [poem]Add to your cart.
Typescript, 19 pages with corrections and revisions
Folder 36: Medusa [poem]Add to your cart.
Typescript, 18 pages with corrections and revisions
Folder 37: An Old Man, Weeping [poem]Add to your cart.
Typescript [carbon], 2 pages with corrections and revisions
Folder 38: Prelude [poem]Add to your cart.
Typescript, 1 page. No corrections or revisions.
Folder 39: Psychomachia [poem]Add to your cart.
Typescript, 7 pages. Slight revisions.
Folder 40: The Road [poem]Add to your cart.
Typescript [carbon], 3 pages. No corrections or revisions.
Folder 41: The Room [poem]Add to your cart.
Typescript [carbon], 2 pages. No corrections or revisions. (Two words revised in different type)
Folder 42: Senlin Salutes the Dawn [poem]Add to your cart.

Typescript [carbon], 2 pages. No corrections or revisions.

Under pseudonym: John Senlin.

Verso page 3: notes by Robert N. Linscott.

Folder 43: Stay Here [poem]Add to your cart.
Typescript, 3 pages with corrections and revisions
Folder 44: The Dostoevsky Myth [essay]Add to your cart.

Typescript, 7 pages. No corrections and revisions.

Bibliographical note in Aiken's hand appended page 1

Folder 45: Schisophrenia [review] Nocturne of Remembered Spring and other poems by AikenAdd to your cart.

Typescript, 3 pages. No corrections or revisions.

Upper right hand corner notes [in Linscott's hand]: "Written by Aiken himself and published in Chicago News. See Clipping."

Series 3: Works by OthersAdd to your cart.
Folder 46: Back to Sunsets! by Clayton HoaglandAdd to your cart.

Comments on Aiken's article, "Back to Poetry"

Accession 1365. Originally laid in PS3501 I5 T55 1936a.

Series 4: PhotographsAdd to your cart.
Fifteen photographs. Several dated and identified in Aiken's hand and unidentified hands. Several mounted in black paper.
Folder 47: Fifteen photographs.  Several dated and identified in Aiken's hand and unidentified hands.  Several mounted in black paper.Add to your cart.
Item 1: Conrad Aiken, Winchester, Mass., May 1917Add to your cart.
Item 2: Conrad Aiken, Winter 1920Add to your cart.
Item 3: John Aiken, Jessie Aiken, Conrad Aiken, July 1918Add to your cart.
Item 4: Jane Aiken, July 1918Add to your cart.
Item 5: Jane Aiken, September 1918Add to your cart.
Item 6: Jane Aiken, October 1918Add to your cart.
Item 7: Aiken house, September 1918Add to your cart.
Item 8: John and Jane Aiken, Jeake's house, Rye, Sussex, c. 1920sAdd to your cart.
Item 9: John and Jane Aiken, Jeake's house, Rye, Sussex, c. 1920sAdd to your cart.
Item 10: Aiken house, September 1918Add to your cart.
Item 11-13: Jeake's houseAdd to your cart.
3 items
Item 14-16: UnidentifiedAdd to your cart.
3 items
Series 5: ClippingsAdd to your cart.
Folder 48: Clipping of the New York Evening Post, 1924: September 5. Aiken's "The Dark City."Add to your cart.
Series 6: MiscellanyAdd to your cart.
Folder 49: Practice notes on a new typewriter, in monologue style. Typescript, 2 pages, circa 1917Add to your cart.

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