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. When he was very young, his father killed his mother, then himself. Needless to say this had a profound impact on Aiken's life. He was thereafter raised by his great-great-aunt in Massachusetts. Aiken was educated at private schools and at Middlesex School in Concord, Massachusetts then at Harvard University where he edited the Advocate with T.S. Eliot. Aiken graduated in 1912.