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Lorenz, 1983; The Art of Knowing: The Poetry and Prose of Aiken by Harry Marten, 1988; Aiken: Poet of White Horse Vale by Edward Butscher, 1988; Aiken: A Priest of Consciousness edited by Ted R. Spirey and Arthur Waterman, 1989; Time’s Stop in Savannah: Conrad Aiken’s Inner Journey by Ted Ray Spivey, 1997. * * * With several poetry collections and a book of literary criticism to his credit, Conrad Aiken’s turn to fiction in the early 1920s was driven by financial need, though he had published a number of stories at Harvard as an undergraduate.
In ‘‘Fable of the Goat’’ (1925), which resembles the Indian Panchatantra tale ‘‘The Mongoose and the Cobra,’’ an old man buys a goat for milk. Though the goat gives milk the old man describes as ‘‘sweet to my palate and the balm to my bones,’’ the goat disappears every day. To find out where it goes, the son ties a string to its tail. The goat takes him to a cave that miraculously leads to the Land of Israel. He writes a note that his father should join him and puts it in the goat’s ear, thinking that when the goat returns, his father will pet it and, with a flick of its ear, the note will fall out.
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