Conrad Aiken. Papers, 1917-1962.
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Scope and Contents Note

Although they consist of only 216 items, Washington University's Conrad Aiken Papers (WTU00003) represent one of the more interesting groups of material in the Modern Literature Collection. The Conrad Aiken Papers consist entirely of material from his long-standing correspondence with Robert Linscott, an editor with Houghton-Mifflin and later senior editor for Random House. Aiken and Linscott began their long friendship in 1917 and Linscott helped Aiken publish several of his works. Aiken's letters to Linscott document the progress of his work and often reflect Aiken's extreme frustration at his lack of popular success. In them, Aiken describes his personal situation, particularly his two divorces, and his dealings with friends and associates, notably T.S. Eliot and John Gould Fletcher. The letters provide an insider's view of the literary scene, particularly in England during the 1920's. Above all, the Aiken-Linscott correspondence stands as a monument to a friendship that is remarkable for its longevity and its openness.


Bonnell, F.C. and F.W., comp. Conrad Aiken, a Bibliography (1902-1978). (San Marino, CA: Huntington Library, 1982).

Harris, Catherine Kirk. Critical Recognition, 1914-1981: A Bibliographic Guide . (New York: Garland Publishing, 1983).

First Printings of American Authors . Vol. 4. (Detroit: Gale Research Co., 1977-1979).