by George J. Dance
Conrad Aiken (5 August 1889 – 17 August 1973) was an American poet and novelist, whose work includes poetry, short stories, novels, and an autobiography.[1]


  • Morning Song of Senlin
  • A Letter from Li Po
  • All Lovely Things
  • Beloved, Let Us Once More Praise the Rain
  • Chiarascuro, Rose
  • Discordants
  • Evening Song of Senlin
  • Hatteras Calling
  • Improvisations: Light and Snow
  • Music I Heard
  • Nocturne of Remembered Spring
  • Senlin: His Cloudy Destiny
  • Senlin: His Dark Origins
  • Senlin: His Futile Preoccupations
  • Tetelestai
  • The Carver
  • The House Of Dust
  • The Room
  • The Trenches
  • The Window
  • Turns And Movies: Dancing Adairs
  • Turns And Movies: Duval's Birds
  • Turns And Movies: Rose And Murray
  • Turns And Movies: The Cornet
  • Turns And Movies: Violet Moore And Bert Moore
  • Turns And Movies: Zudora


  • Earth Triumphant, and Other Tales in Verse, Macmillan, 1914, reprinted, St. Martin's, 1975.
  • The Jig of Forslin — A Symphony, Four Seas, 1916, reprinted, International Pocket Library, 1965.
  • Turns and Movies, and Other Tales in Verse, Houghton, 1916, reprinted, R. West, 1976.
  • Nocturne of Remembered Spring, and Other Poems, Four Seas, 1917.
  • The Charnel Rose, Senlin: A Biography, and Other Poems, Four Seas, 1918, reprinted, Haskell House, 1971.
  • The House of Dust — A Symphony, Four Seas, 1920.
  • Punch: The Immortal Liar, Documents in His History, Knopf, 1921.
  • Priapus and the Pool, Dunster House, 1922.
  • The Pilgrimage of Festus, Knopf, 1923.
  • Senlin: A Biography, Hogarth Press, 1925.
  • Selected Poems, Scribner, 1929.
  • Gehenna, Random House, 1930, reprinted, R. West, 1977.
  • John Deth — A Metaphysical Legend, and Other Poems, Scribner, 1930.
  • Preludes for Memnon (also see below), Scribner, 1931.
  • The Coming Forth by Day of Osiris Jones, Scribner, 1931.
  • Prelude: A Poem, Equinox, 1932, reprinted, Arden Library, 1978.
  • Landscape West of Eden, Dent, 1934, Scribner, 1935.
  • Time in the Rock: Preludes to Definition (also see below), Scribner, 1936.
  • And in the Human Heart, Duell, Sloan & Pearce, 1940.
  • Brownstone Eclogues, and Other Poems, Duell, Sloan & Pearce, 1942.
  • The Soldier: A Poem, New Directions, 1944.
  • The Kid, Duell, Sloan & Pearce, 1947.
  • The Divine Pilgrim, University of Georgia Press, 1949.
  • Skylight One: Fifteen Poems, Oxford University Press, 1949.
  • Collected Poems, Oxford University Press, 1953, 2nd edition, 1970.
  • A Letter from Li Po, and Other Poems, Oxford University Press, 1955.
  • The Fluteplayer, privately printed, 1956.
  • Sheepfold Hill: Fifteen Poems, Sagamore Press, 1958.
  • Selected Poems (new selection), Oxford University Press, 1961.

*The Morning Song of Lord Zero — Poems Old and New, Oxford University Press, 1963.

  • A Seizure of Limericks, Holt, 1964.
  • Cats and Bats and Things with Wings (poems for children), Atheneum, 1965.
  • Tom, Sue, and the Clock (poem for children), Macmillan, 1965.
  • Preludes (contains Preludes for Memnon and Time in the Rock: Preludes to Definition), Oxford University Press, 1966.
  • Thee, illustrations by Leonard Baskin, Braziller, 1967, published with illustrations by Gillian Ruff, limited edition, Inca Books, 1973.
  • The Clerk's Journal, Being the Diary of a Queer Man: An Undergraduate *Poem, Together with a Brief Memoir of Harvard, Dean Briggs, and T.S. Eliot, Eakins, 1971.
  • A Little Who's Zoo of Mild Animals, Atheneum, 1977.

Short StoriesEdit

  • Bring! Bring!, and Other Stories, Boni & Liveright, 1925.
  • Costumes by Eros, Scribner, 1928.
  • Among the Lost People, Scribner, 1934.
  • The Short Stories of Conrad Aiken, Duell, Sloan & Pearce, 1950.
  • Collected Short Stories, World Publishing, 1960.
  • The Collected Short Stories of Conrad Aiken, Preface by Walter Allen, Heinemann, 1966.


  • Blue Voyage (also see below), Scribner, 1927.
  • Great Circle (also see below), Scribner, 1933.
  • King Coffin (also see below), Scribner, 1935.
  • A Heart for the Gods of Mexico, Secker, 1939, reprinted, R. West, 1977.
  • Conversation; or, Pilgrims' Progress, Duell, Sloan & Pearce, 1940.
  • Collected Novels, introduction by R. P. Blackmur, Holt, 1964.
  • Three Novels: Blue Voyage, Great Circle, King Coffin, preface by Aiken, McGraw, 1965.


  • Skepticisms: Notes on Contemporary Poetry, Knopf, 1919, reprinted, Folcroft, 1969.
  • (Author of foreword) Thomas Hardy, Two Wessex Tales, Four Seasons, 1919.
  • Ushant: An Essay (autobiography), Duell, Sloan & Pearce, 1952.
  • Mr. Arcularis: A Play (first published in Among the Lost People; produced as "Fear No More," in London, 1946, produced in Washington, D.C., 1951), Harvard University Press, 1957.
  • A Reviewer's ABC: Collected Criticism, Meridian, 1958, published as Collected Criticism, introduction by Rufus A. Blanshard, new preface by I. A. Richards, Oxford University Press, 1968.
  • (Contributor) Howard Nemerov, editor, Poets on Poetry, Basic Books, 1965.
  • Selected Letters of Conrad Aiken, edited by Joseph Killorin, Yale University Press, 1978.
  • The Letters of Conrad Aiken and Malcolm Lowry, 1929-1954, edited and introduced by Cynthia C. Sugars, ECW Press (Toronto), 1992.
  • Contributed to Massachusetts: A Guide to its Places and People, 1937.


  • Modern American Poets, Selected by Conrad Aiken, Secker, 1922, revised edition, Modern Library, 1927.
  • (And author of introduction) Emily Dickinson, Selected Poems, J. Cape, 1924, reprinted, Modern Library, 1948.
  • American Poetry, 1671-1928: A Comprehensive Anthology, Modern Library, 1929.
  • A Comprehensive Anthology of American Poetry, Modern Library, 1944, revised edition, 1963.
  • Twentieth-Century American Poetry, Modern Library, 1944, newly revised edition, with preface by Aiken, 1963.
  • (With William Rose Benet) Anthology of Famous English and American Poetry, Modern Library, 1945.


  1. Except where noted, bibliographical information courtesy the Poetry Foundation; "Conrad Aiken," The Poetry Foundation, Web, June 29, 2011.
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