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Conrad Aiken's third novel is his first to follow a fairly traditional and sustained narrative from beginning to end. Jasper Ammen is a highly intelligent and egotistic psychopath who nonetheless enthralls the people around him: chiefly Gerta, a young painter who is in love with him; Toppan, Jasper's downstairs neighbor who writes detailed diary entries about Jasper; and Sandbach, a leading member of an anarchist collective from which Jasper theatrically resigns early in the novel. Jasper is a ...more
Conrad Aiken was an American poet, short story writer, critic and novelist. Most of Aiken's work reflects his intense interest in psychoanalysis and the development of identity. As editor of Emily Dickinson's Selected Poems in 1924, he was largely responsible for establishing her posthumous literary reputation. From the 1920s Aiken divided his life between England and the United States, playing a ...moreMore about Conrad Aiken...