After the first three collections of verses, Aiken he wrote five “symphonies” between 1915 and 1920 in an effort to create poetry that resembled music, in its ability to express various levels of meaning simultaneously. Then came a period of narrative poems, several volumes of poetry and meditations, and, after World War II, a return to the musical form but with deeper philosophical and psychological overtones. The best of his poetry is in Selected Poems (1929), which won the Pulitzer Prize for poetry in 1930, and Collected Poems (1953), including a long sequence “Preludes to the definition“, which some critics consider his masterpiece. Aiken He served as a poetry consultant for the Library of Congress from 1950 to 1952.
Most of the fiction of Aiken it was written in the twenties and thirties. Usually from this period, more than his novels are considered successful his short stories, in particular, “Strange Moonlight” from Bring! Bring! (1925) and “Silent Snow, Secret Snow” Y “Mr. Arcularis” from Among the lost people (1934). In 1950 it was published The Short Stories of Conrad Aiken, followed by A Reviewer’s ABC: Collected Criticism from 1916 to the Present (1958) and The Collected Novels (1964). Despite the many awards received by, many critics have concluded that Aiken never received adequate recognition for his work.
Conrad Aiken He passed away on August 17, 1973 in his hometown of Savannah (Georgia).