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The Collected Short Stories of Conrad Aiken

4.19  ·  Rating Details ·  27 Ratings  ·  7 Reviews
This indispensable volume, which includes the classic stories “Silent Snow, Secret Snow” and “Mr. Arcularis,” is a testament to the dazzling artistry of one of the twentieth century’s most influential writers

A young woman passes through the countryside to visit her dying grandmother for a final time. A cabbie, exhausted from a long day’s work, fights to get an intoxicated
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Hardcover, First Edition, 566 pages
Published 1960 by The World Publishing Company
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Robert Zoltan
Apr 08, 2015 Robert Zoltan rated it it was amazing
I became intrigued by the fiction of Conrad Aiken (who is known as well for his poetry) from seeing the Night Gallery dramatization of "Silent Snow, Secret Snow." I got the book and was so affected by the story that I read it three times in three days. I am now two stories away from reading the entire collection and Conrad Aiken has become one of my favorite authors (and poets).

"Silent Snow, Secret Snow" is still my favorite Aiken story, but there are several others that come close to having tha
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James
Aug 16, 2013 James rated it it was amazing
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These are poetic tales from an author who, while primarily known for his poetry, was a novelist and critic as well. The scope of the stories collected here range from the familiar to the bizarre, the mysterious to the romantic. Included are the well-known frequently anthologized stories like "Mr, Arcularis" and "Silent Snow, Secret Snow", but also some not collected previously with all selected by the author with the wish that it includes those stories he desired to preserve. The result is a ...more
Mark
Sep 14, 2016 Mark rated it liked it
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I hadn't intended to read every story in this collection and, in retrospect, I probably could have safely skipped about half of them, but if I hadn't read this book from cover to cover I would have missed some gems hiding among the more forgettable ones. On the whole, I'd say that Conrad Aiken was by no means a master of the short story form, but he was certainly a master of the evocative image, insightful characterization, and sharp dialogue--and these elements more than compensate for the ...more
Margaret Wichorek
Nov 21, 2016 Margaret Wichorek rated it really liked it
Quite a good compilation of Aiken's stories. Two of my favorites are included-Mr. Arcularis and Silent Snow, Secret Snow. The latter, a story about a young boy's falling into madness, is one I've always loved. The prose is almost hypnotic-just beautiful. You can tell the author was also a renowned poet.
Masanobu
Jan 31, 2016 Masanobu rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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As I've repeated quite a few times already, I'm a sucker for short stories. They tempt me - they are bite-sized novels.

I liked the Collected Stories, but it was as uneven as any other collection out there, specially taking into account that this collects the whole literary production of Conrad Aiken in the field of short stories, from the 1920s to the 1960s. We can see how Conrad grew and matured through his writing. And many things happened in those forty years: a world war, civil rights, wome
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Fazal Miles
Apr 26, 2008 Fazal Miles rated it really liked it
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These stories really creeped me out at times. the were pleasingly absurd,pychologically funny and disturbing.
Secret Snow,Silent Snow is the most well known short
story(it was featured on an episode of Night Gallery
narrated by Orson Welles). But the story is much better
of course.
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Exactly what it says it is, the collected stories - and what wonderful stories they are.
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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 ...more
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