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Bonaventure Cemetery Photographs - Conrad Potter Aiken Gravesite
Conrad Aiken Family Plot

Conrad Aiken Family Plot

Photo Credit: © 2007 George Alexander, licensed to About.com, Inc.
Conrad Potter Aiken (August 5, 1889 – August 17, 1973): Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award winner, Conrad Aiken was an American poet, a writer of novels, short stories and essays, and a literary critic. Born in Savannah, Georgia in 1889, he was moved at the age of 11 to Cambridge, Massachusetts to live with an aunt, following the tragic murder-suicide of his parents, when his father, without warning, shot his wife and then himself. In his later years, Conrad Aiken returned to Savannah, where he lived next door to his childhood home.

A bench placed by Aiken in the Bonaventure Cemetery family plot takes the place of a headstone. It is inscribed with the words:

Cosmos Mariner
Destination Unknown

Conrad Porter Aiken
Born in Savannah, GA. August 5, 1889
Died in Savannah, GA. August 17, 1973
Mary Hoover Aiken
December 11, 1905 - October 22, 1992

Give My Love to the World

In the same plot, the double headstone of Conrad Aiken's parents is inscribed with identical dates of death for each parent, February 27, 1901, standing as a solemn reminder of the early tragedy of the poet's traumatic childhood.

Location: The Conrad Aiken Burial Site is located at Lot 78 in Section H, where Johnny Mercer Lane meets Aiken Lane.

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