Biography and History

American poet Marianne Moore was born in St. Louis, and graduated from Bryn Mawr College in 1909. She lived mostly in New York City, working first as a librarian and later, from 1925 until 1929, as editor of the literary and cultural journal The Dial. Her poetry 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 of The Fables of La Fontaine (1954). In addition to winning a Pulitzer Prize, Moore acquired sixteen honorary degrees and a National Book Award and served as a mentor to younger poets such as Elizabeth Bishop. She attended boxing matches, baseball games and other public events, dressed in what became her signature garb, a tricorn hat and a black cape. Not long after throwing the first pitch for the 1968 season in Yankee Stadium, Moore suffered the first of a series of strokes. She died in 1972.

Source: From the finding aid for C1130