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Marianne Moore papers

 Collection 0074-LIT

Prize-winning poet and editor Marianne Moore (1887-1972) was born outside St. Louis, Missouri. Moore graduated from Bryn Mawr College in 1909 and went on to teach at Carlisle Indian Industrial School in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, for the next four years. She and her mother eventually settled in New York City in 1919 where she remained until her death. She published many volumes of poetry as well as reviews and essays and was a great friend of and benefactor to other poets. In addition to her own work, she edited the arts and culture magazine The Dial from 1925 to 1929; Moore also won the Dial Award in 1924, one of eight grants given to contributers between 1921 and 1928. Other winners included Sherwood Anderson, T.S. Eliot, Ezra Pound and e.e. cummings. Her book Collected Poems (1951) earned her a Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, and the Bollingen Prize in 1952. This collection includes a typed manuscript of Marianne Moore: A Descriptive Bibliography (1977) by Craig Abbott and a copy of the limited edition chapbook Silence (1965?). It also contains a few items of Moore correspondence, proofs, and ephemera.


  • 1929-1973
  • Majority of material found within 1973

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1.96 Linear Feet (1 letter size Hollinger box and 1 oversize box)

Guide to the Marianne Moore papers
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Finding aid written in English.

Library Details

Part of the Special Collections and University Archives

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