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Conrad Aiken Biography
Conrad Potter Aiken (August 5, 1889-August 17, 1973) was a Pulitzer Prize-winning American author, born in Savannah, Georgia, whose work includes poetry, short stories and novels. He was deeply influenced by Symbolism, especially in his earlier works. In 1930 he received the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry for his Selected Poems.

He wrote the widely anthologised short story Silent Snow, Secret Snow (1934); his verse includes Earth Triumphant (1914), The Charnel Rose (1918), and And In the Hanging Gardens (1933).

Aiken's tomb, located in Bonaventure Cemetery on the banks of the Savannah River, was made famous after its mention in Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, the bestselling book by John Berendt. According to local legend, Aiken wished to have his tombstone fashioned in the shape of a bench as an invitation to visitors to stop and enjoy a drink of Madeira at his grave. Its inscriptions read "Give my love to the world," and "Cosmos MarineróDestination Unknown."

He is the father of writer Joan Aiken.
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