The Short Stories of Conrad Aiken

The Short Stories of Conrad Aiken None

  • Title: The Short Stories of Conrad Aiken
  • Author: Conrad Aiken
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 325
  • Format: Hardcover
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    1. Conrad Aiken (1889-1973) was an accomplished poet and novelist, but his short stories also make for fascinating reading. This collection covers most of his career and includes some of his more famous works. The standout here is "Mr. Arcularis," a masterpiece of foreshadowing and perhaps one of the most frequently anthologized stories in all of American literature. Equally transfixing is "Silent Snow, Secret Snow," a creepy psychological suspense story in which a boy's imaginary world consumes th [...]

    2. Little read today (except maybe "Silent Snow, Secret Snow", which I was assigned to read in school) Conrad Aiken's stories are subtle, oblique, in the Henry James rather than Hemingway tradition. His timid, alienated male characters in stories such as "A Man Alone at Lunch" reminded me of Thurber pieces such as "One Is A Wanderer" and "The Evening's At Seven", though he lacks Thurber's tendency to revel in misogynistic, violent fantasies. My favorite Aiken story "No, No, Go Not to Lethe", deals [...]

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