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The Letters of Conrad Aiken and Malcolm Lowry, 1929-1954

The Letters of Conrad Aiken and Malcolm Lowry, 1929-1954( )
Author: Aiken, Conrad
Lowry, Malcolm
Editor: Sugars, Cynthia
ISBN:978-1-55022-168-8
Publication Date:Dec 1992
Publisher:ECW Press
Book Format:Paperback
List Price:USD $25.00
Book Description:

From the beginning, John Sutherland recognized that his literary gifts lay in criticism rather than in poetry. His independence from the academy and his largely autodidactic training gave him a unique perspective as a critic of Canadian literature. What these letters document, beyond a purely personal struggle, is a period (1942-1956) of great importance in the development of Canadian poetry, and it is above all the nuts and bolts of that development that they bring into keen...
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Book Details
Pages:350
Detailed Subjects: Literary Criticism / American / General
Literary Criticism / European / English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh
Literary Collections / Letters
Physical Dimensions (W X L X H):6 x 9 x 1 Inches
Book Weight:1.344 Pounds
Author Biography
Aiken, Conrad (Author)
Conrad Potter Aiken was born on August 5, 1889 in Savannah, Georgia. He attended Middlesex School in Concord, Massachusetts, where he edited the school newspaper, played baseball, and won a tennis doubles championship. In 1907, he entered Harvard University and became friends with T.S. Eliot.

Knowing he was destined to be a poet from an early age, Aiken is paradoxically regarded by some critics as both a dazzling craftsman and by others as being long-winded and vague. However, many critics feel that he was central to American literature, a "literary period in himself."

Aiken is perhaps best known for his 1930 Pulitzer Prize-winning book Selected Poems (1929), but he regarded the poem "Ushant" as his most satisfying work. In almost all of Aiken's works, his overriding concern has been to resolve what might be called a personal identity crisis in terms of the cosmic evolution of consciousness and one's relationship to the world at large. In the 1920s Aiken turned to short story writing to supplement his income. Overall, he published more than 50 titles, including 35 collections of poetry, five novels, one autobiographical essay, and several collections of short stories and criticism.

Conrad Aiken died on August 17, 1973 at the age of 84.

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