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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 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."


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