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The Collected Short Stories of Conrad Aiken Paperback – 1965

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  • Paperback: 566 pages
  • Publisher: World publishing Company; 1ST edition (1965)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000K2HAPG
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 5.9 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,601,969 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By J. L. Paschke on November 13, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Having read a one or two of Conrad Aiken's short stories in college, I really only remembered "Silent Snow, Secret Snow" which just really struck me as unique and having a dark allure. I bought this book and re-read several others including "Mr. Arcularis" which is also unique and such a quick, easy read thats so easy to get into like a quick before-bed read. That story is reminiscent of "snows of kilamanjaro" by hemingway.

I've read others of his short stories here in this book and am continually amazed by Conrad Aiken. I definitely give this one five stars!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Big E on July 24, 2013
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Conrad Aiken is one of the most unfairly neglected writers of the 20th century. During his lifetime he was almost entirely ignored, both by his contemporaries and also the reading public, and since his death this inexplicable situation has only worsened. He was an honest and unusually objective literary critic for many years, and his unwillingness to display favoritism, along with his disinclination to lavish praise upon anyone undeserving of it, was in all likelihood the major reason behind his contemporaries' conscientious denial of recognition for his work.

Anyway, this review is not meant to be a condemnation of the iniquity one finds (and has always found) inside the literary community. Aiken was a true Man of Letters: a superb poet, critic, novelist, and short story writer. Suffice to say that Conrad Aiken was short-changed, and as of yet has not been paid his dues.

Aiken was first and foremost a poet. Like many poets, he had a keen and instinctual understanding of words, structure and style. His prose is beautiful--he has a style which is somewhat reminiscent of Henry James; however, whereas Henry James (especially in his later years) could at times become so circumlocutious as to wear out even the most patient of readers, Aiken's prose flows along smoothly, effectively, and is never hard to digest or understand. He miraculously merges the thoughtfulness and technical brilliance of a James with the straight-forward, no-nonsense story telling of a Chekhov or a Mansfield. He manages to write clearly, yet with more than enough subtle and ingenious artistry to please anyone appreciative of the English language.

But it is not, of course, solely Aiken's prose that delights.
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