Conrad Aiken (1889-1973)
A selective list of online literary criticism for the American poet Conrad Aiken, favoring signed scholarly articles and articles from peer-reviewed sources
introduction & literary criticism
"Conrad Aiken." A brief introduction to Conrad Aiken. Academy of American Poets.
"Conrad Aiken: Unitarian Prodigy Poet," by Rev. Richard Kellaway. Harvard Square Library.
"Conrad Aiken." Poetry Foundation. Encyclopedia-type introduction to Conrad Aiken's themes, style, and technique, with a biography, bibliography, and a selection of his poems.
Kellaway, Richard. "Conrad Aiken and T.S. Eliot: Ministers' Progeny Gone Away (Astray?)" Aiken and Eliot became friends when they were both at Harvard, and both were grandsons of Unitarian ministers. But while Aiken considered himself a Unitarian all his life (though not belonging to a church), Eliot famously converted to Catholicism. Rev. Kellaway in this article considers their different spiritual development and their poetry.
"Conrad Aiken, Magus." Lewis Turco writes appreciatively about Conrad Aiken and his personal experiences with him, at his highly readable poetry blog.
"'Polite echoes of other voices.' David Herd assesses Conrad Aiken, a modern poet who never tried anything new." Quoth the (UK) Guardian, 27 March 2004.
"Conrad Aiken." Brief biography, and information on Aiken MS. Georgia Writers Hall of Fame.
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