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Poet, short story writer, critic and novelist, Conrad Aiken (1889-1973) has been called the most metaphysical, the most learned, and the most modern of poets. With writing that reflects an intense interest in psychological, philosophical, and scientific issues, Aiken remains a unique influence upon modern writers and critics today. In his lifetime, Aiken received many awards including the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 1930 and the National Book Award for Poetry in 1954. He served as the Consultant in Poetry at ...
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Poet, short story writer, critic and novelist, Conrad Aiken (1889-1973) has been called the most metaphysical, the most learned, and the most modern of poets. With writing that reflects an intense interest in psychological, philosophical, and scientific issues, Aiken remains a unique influence upon modern writers and critics today. In his lifetime, Aiken received many awards including the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 1930 and the National Book Award for Poetry in 1954. He served as the Consultant in Poetry at the Library of Congress from 1950-1952.

Selected Poems contains Aiken's own choice of the best and most representative of his poems, spanning more than forty years of his work. Harold Bloom has contributed a new Foreword to reintroduce Aiken to a new generation of readers. The inclusion of several pivotal poems from previous editions broadens the scope of the work to represent Aiken's legacy.

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"If you read and enjoy Conrad Aiken, then you have been in search of authentic poetry, and you have found it."--from the Foreword by Harold Bloom

"This new, shapely edition of the poetry of Conrad Aiken is an invitation for us to listen to him again and perhaps this time to hear beneath the romantic nuances of his music a distinct and emphatically modern voice."--Billy Collins, Poet Laureate

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  • ISBN-13: 9780195165463
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 5/1/2003
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 5.70 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Conrad Aiken is an American poet, short story writer, critic and novelist. Harold Bloom is the author of several books, including The Anxiety of Influence, A Map of Misreading, and most recently, Genius. He is Sterling Professor of Humanities at Yale University and Berg Professor of English at NYU.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 25, 2003

    A profound book

    Aiken has been my favorite poet for about 10yrs. The content reflects a profound understanding of the changes and growth of psychology and philosophy during his lifetime. It was a pleasure to read.

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