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 then as editor of the Dial magazine (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); biographies by C. Molesworth (1990) and L. Leavell (2013); studies by G. W. Nitchie (1969), B. Costello (1981), M. Holley (1988), and C. Goodridge (1989).

The Columbia Encyclopedia, 6th ed. Copyright© 2017, The Columbia University Press.

Marianne Moore: Selected full-text books and articles

Selected Poems By Marianne Moore Macmillan, 1935
A primary source is a work that is being studied, or that provides first-hand or direct evidence on a topic. Common types of primary sources include works of literature, historical documents, original philosophical writings, and religious texts.
In the Frame: Women's Ekphrastic Poetry from Marianne Moore to Susan Wheeler By Jane Hedley; Nick Halpern; Willard Spiegelman University of Delaware Press, 2009
Changing Subjects: Digressions in Modern American Poetry By 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 By Elizabeth Gregory Rice University Press, 1996
Librarian's tip: Chap. Four "Marianne Moore's Poetry of Quotation"
American Women Writers, 1900-1945: A Bio-Bibliographical Critical Sourcebook By Laurie Champion Greenwood Press, 2000
Librarian's tip: "Marianne Moore (1887-1972)" begins on p. 245
Difficult Ground: Poetic Renunciation in Marianne Moore's "Walking-Sticks and Paperweights and Watermarks" By Carson, Luke; White, Heather Cass Twentieth Century Literature, Vol. 56, No. 3, Fall 2010
Morals, Manners, and "Marriage": Marianne Moore's Art of Conversation By 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 By Schulze, Robin G Twentieth Century Literature, Vol. 44, No. 1, Spring 1998
Great American Writers: Twentieth Century By R. Baird Shuman Marshall Cavendish, vol.8, 2002
Looking for a topic idea? Use Questia's Topic Generator
Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed


An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.