Moore, Marianne

Moore, Marianne,

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).

Bibliography

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).

Moore, Marianne (Craig)

(1887–1972) poet; born in Kirkwood, Mo. She studied at Bryn Mawr (B.A. 1909) and Carlisle Commercial College, Pa. (1910), and worked at the U.S. Indian School, Pa. (1911–15). She settled in New York City (1919), living first in Greenwich Village and then in Brooklyn, and worked as a librarian, editor, and lecturer. A modernist poet, she is famous for her mildly eccentric public persona, a devotion to baseball, and her impeccably intelligent poetry, as seen in The Complete Poems (1967).