My hope is that this essay will be one small contribution in making Conrad Aiken as important and formidable in the eyes of the world as he is in fact. It is difficult to read much of Aiken without feeling, I think, that he has somehow been unjustly neglected in the contemporary assessment of modern poets. Thus it is my further hope that my discernment has anticipated my judgment, and that Conrad Aiken's Preludes for Memnon is treated in the following pages in such a way that his recognition as one of the great American poets will be appreciably facilitated.
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Chapin, Henry B.. "Conrad Aiken's Preludes for Memnon: A Thematic Analysis." (1961). http://digitalrepository.unm.edu/engl_etds/110