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The House of Dust

4.36  ·  Rating details ·  36 Ratings  ·  7 Reviews
This is a pre-1923 historical reproduction that was curated for quality. Quality assurance was conducted on each of these books in an attempt to remove books with imperfections introduced by the digitization process. Though we have made best efforts - the books may have occasional errors that do not impede the reading experience. We believe this work is culturally importan ...more
Paperback, 96 pages
Published October 11th 2007 by BiblioLife (first published October 6th 2004)
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Tyla Gonzles
Jul 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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So many emotions were triggered by these short stories/poems.
Aug 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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When I was very young, one of my favorite things to do was to browse the books in my father's library. I've never been much of a fan of poetry, but when I was looking through one of my dad's poetry anthologies from the '60s (probably bought when he was in college), the first lines of Conrad Aiken's poem, "Portrait of One Dead," from the third part of The House of Dust, hit me hard:

This is the house. On one side there is darkness,
On one side there is light.
Into the darkness you may lift your lant
Richard Stuart
May 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
A lot of people are going to make comparisons of Aiken to T.S. Eliot, and rightly so. However, in the case of 'The House of Dust', the comparison should go the other way. It appeared ahead of Eliot's famous poem and in it you will find many similar lines that will make you say, "Ah ha!... isn't that in The Waste Land?"

'The House of Dust' is subtitled: A Symphony, and I would liken it to Schubert's 8th... some forlorn and stormy theatre where man is simultaneously enthralled and endangered by the
Jan 05, 2009 rated it really liked it
This is an excellent collection of thematically-related poems by Conrad Aiken. Aiken's poetry is haunting and dreamlike (at times, nightmarish). Aiken's poetry is stylistically similar to T. S. Eliot's, but is much darker in tone. Highly recommended.
Ross Holmes
May 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
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I didn't expect this to be near as interesting as it was; my mistake was not knowing enough about Conrad Aiken and his importance. I'll be rereading this in the future. It deserves closer attention.
Anne G.
Aug 30, 2012 is currently reading it
This is wonderfully haunting. The pictures he creates with words are dark and captivating.
Nov 05, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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It's been a while since I've curled up for some poetry. Really enjoyed this. Will read again.
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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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“Death is never an ending, death is a change;
Death is beautiful, for death is strange;
Death is one dream out of another flowing.”
“Before him, numberless lovers smiled and talked. And death was observed with sudden cries, And birth with laughter and pain. And the trees grew taller and blacker against the skies And night came down again.” 5 likes
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