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Marianne Moore

Marianne Moore, 1887–1972, American poet, b. St. Louis, grad. Bryn Mawr College, 1909. She lived mostly in New York City, working first as a librarian and later as acting editor of the Dial (1925–29). Her poetry, constructed like a precise mosaic, is witty, intellectual, and often satirical. Volumes of her verse include Poems (1921), Observations (1924), What Are Years? (1941), Collected Poems (1951; Pulitzer Prize), O to Be a Dragon (1959), and Complete Poems (1967). Among her other works are the translation The Fables of La Fontaine (1954) and the essays Predilections (1955).

See her complete poems (1967, repr. 1982); Selected Letters ed. by B. Costello (1997); studies by G. W. Nitchie (1969), B. Costello (1981), M. Holley (1988), and C. Goodridge (1989).

The Columbia Encyclopedia, 6th ed. Copyright© 2013, The Columbia University Press.

Selected full-text books and articles on this topic

Selected Poems
Marianne Moore.
Macmillan, 1935
Marianne Moore and China: Orientalism and a Writing of America
Cynthia Stamy.
Oxford University Press, 1999
Elizabeth Bishop and Marianne Moore: The Psychodynamics of Creativity
Joanne Feit Diehl.
Princeton University Press, 1993
Changing Subjects: Digressions in Modern American Poetry
Srikanth Reddy.
Oxford University Press, 2012
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 5 "“To Explain Grace Requires a Curious Hand” Marianne Moore’s Interdisciplinary Digressions"
Quotation and Modern American Poetry: Imaginary Gardens with Real Toads
Elizabeth Gregory.
Rice University Press, 1996
Librarian’s tip: Chap. Four "Marianne Moore's Poetry of Quotation"
By Herself: Women Reclaim Poetry
Molly McQuade.
Graywolf Press, 2000
Librarian’s tip: "Being a Dragon: On Marianne Moore" begins on p. 74
The Columbia History of American Poetry
Jay Parini; Brett C. Millier.
Columbia University Press, 1993
Librarian’s tip: "Marianne Moore and Elizabeth Bishop" begins on p. 343
American Women Writers, 1900-1945: A Bio-Bibliographical Critical Sourcebook
Laurie Champion.
Greenwood Press, 2000
Librarian’s tip: "Marianne Moore (1887-1972)" begins on p. 245
Fifty Poets: An American Auto-Anthology
William Rose Benét.
Duffield and Green, 1933
Librarian’s tip: "Marianne Moore" begins on p. 84
Morals, Manners, and "Marriage": Marianne Moore's Art of Conversation
White, Heather Cass.
Twentieth Century Literature, Vol. 45, No. 4, Winter 1999
Marianne Moore's "Imperious Ox, Imperial Dish" and the Poetry of the Natural World
Schulze, Robin G.
Twentieth Century Literature, Vol. 44, No. 1, Spring 1998
Moore, Bishop, and Oliver: Thinking Back, Re-Seeking the Sea
Fast, Robin Riley.
Twentieth Century Literature, Vol. 39, No. 3, Fall 1993
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