The Legacy Of A Grand Discovery Essay

2292 Words May 8th, 2016 10 Pages
Recently a grand discovery was made in the back of a journal in Savannah, Ga. The journal belonged to Conrad Aiken before his death in 1973. It was found while an organization called The Aiken Project was cleaning out his safety deposit box, with the permission of his children, in order to create an exhibit in the Savannah College of Art and Design Library. Aiken is one of Savannah’s well-known poets of the 20th century, and because of this The Aiken Project, created in his honor, wants to create an exhibit to showcase his greatest short stories and poems. While researching for this exhibit it was discovered that Aiken owned a safe deposit box that has remained relatively untouched by his children, with whom he left the key, until 1990 when it was discovered by Nicholas Marmo, one of the creditors of Aiken’s textbook Conrad Aiken: Poetry and Prose. Marmo obtained permission from Aiken’s daughter Joan. Inside was random odds and ends but most extraordinarily was a black, leather-bound journal. This journal was mostly full of “diary” entries, but there were several never sent letters and unpublished poems. One of the poems corresponded to a letter written to Zora Neale Hurston revealing that the poem called “Checkers” was written in honor of Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God. Attached is the letter from Aiken to Hurston:

Dear Ms. Hurston,
You may not know who I am which I expect and understand completely. However, your novel Their Eyes Were Watching God is not something…

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