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© 2015, The Columbia University Press.

Marianne Moore: Selected full-text books and articles

Selected Poems By Marianne Moore Macmillan, 1935
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"
By Herself: Women Reclaim Poetry By Molly McQuade Graywolf Press, 2000
Librarian’s tip: "Being a Dragon: On Marianne Moore" begins on p. 74
The Columbia History of American Poetry By 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 By Laurie Champion Greenwood Press, 2000
Librarian’s tip: "Marianne Moore (1887-1972)" begins on p. 245
Fifty Poets: An American Auto-Anthology By 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 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
Moore, Bishop, and Oliver: Thinking Back, Re-Seeking the Sea By Fast, Robin Riley Twentieth Century Literature, Vol. 39, No. 3, Fall 1993
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