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Marianne Moore Papers

Identifier: D-Mss-2021.4

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The Marianne Moore (1887-1972) Papers include photos, correspondence, articles, writings, and interviews related to the life and work of the American poet.


  • Creation: Majority of material found in 1925-1983, and undated

Biographical / Historical

Marianne Moore was born in Kirkwood, Missouri on November 15, 1887. Moore received an BA from Bryn Mawr College in 1909, majoring in history, politics, and economics and writing anonymously for a women’s suffrage society. After her graduation, Moore went on to teach at an indigenous boarding school in Pennsylvania before moving to New York City in 1918 to work at the New York Public Library. Moore was thrust into the literary world when the imagist poet H.D. (Hilda Doolittle) published her first book Poems without permission in 1921. She quickly befriended modernists William Carlos Williams and Ezra Pound, later criticizing Pound’s antisemitism, and worked as the editor for the modernist literary magazine The Dial from 1925 to 1929. After The Dial shut down, she dove into her work, publishing multiple books of poetry and prose. She was especially known for her anti-war poem “In Distrust of Merits” and her love of baseball. Moore remained in New York until her death in 1972. Widely celebrated throughout her life, she received honors including the National Book Award, Pulitzer Prize, Bollingen Prize, and was posthumously inducted to the New York State Writers Hall of Fame.


0.4 Linear Feet (2 document boxes and 1 oversized item )

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The Marianne Moore (1887-1972) papers include photos, correspondence, articles, writings, and interviews related to the life and work of the American poet. Her cousin, Mary Louise Schneeberger, had a daughter named Paula who attended Scripps and graduated in 1956. That same year, Moore visited the campus in October. She maintained a close friendship with Denison Librarian Dorothy Drake, and the two wrote to each other extensively during the 1950s and 1960s. Box 1 of the collection was assembled by Drake during her years working at Denison Library. Box 2 of the collection consists of family correspondence compiled and donated by Mary Louise Schneeberger. A framed broadside of Moore’s poem, “The Student,” was given as a gift, inscribed “For Dorothy Drake and Ella Strong Denison Library” and signed by Moore on August 16, 1965.

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Part of the 02 - Ella Strong Denison Library Repository

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