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). Beginning in 1929, she devoted herself to caring for her ailing mother, who had a profound influence over her verse. After her mother died (1947), she cultivated an image of a Brooklyn Dodger–loving eccentric, often clad in cloak and tricorn hat. 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). During her literary career, Moore constantly revised her poems; the finest versions are not always the final ones. All versions of her poems through 1924 Becoming Marianne Moore: Early Poems, 1907–1924 (2002, ed. by R. G. Schulze); the final and other versions of later work are in New Collected Poems by Marianne Moore (2017, ed. by H. C. White).

See Selected Letters (1997, ed. by B. Costello); 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).

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Marianne Moore: Selected full-text books and articles

Selected Poems By Marianne Moore Macmillan, 1935
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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
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