Marianne Monroe

Topics: Marianne Moore, Bryn Mawr College, William Carlos Williams Pages: 2 (813 words) Published: August 6, 2011
Marianne Craig Moore was born on November 15, 1887 in Kirkwood, Missouri. She was the second child of Mary Warner and her father John Milton Moore, a construction worker and inventor. After a failed inventions attempt her father had a nervous mental breakdown and was sent to the hospital. She never met her father because he left before she was born. She was raised in her grandfather’s household. Her grandfather was a Presbyterian pastor and after his death her family had to move to Carlisle, Pennsylvania with other relatives. Marianne attended the Metzger Institute through high school. In 1905 she attended Bryn Mawr College and majored in history, law, and politics. During her college years she published nine poems, graduated in 1909, and received her B.A. Studying biology and history made her consider studying medicine. She also had a desire to become a painter. Moore took secretarial classes at Carlisle Commercial College from 1910 to 1911. Afterwards from 1911 to 1915 she was employed as a teacher at Carlisle Indian School. Marianne later moved to New York with her mother and began to work at the New York Public Library. In 1915 Moore began to publish poems professionally. Moore started to meet with other poets such as Wallace Stevens, William Carlos Williams, Hilda Doolittle, and Ezra Pound. She publicized her first poem, “To the Soul of Progress’ in the Egoist an English magazine in 1915. A year later Marianne and her mother moved to Chatham, New Jersey to keep house for her brother until he graduated and joined the military in 1918. Then Moore and her mother moved to Manhattan. In 1921 her friend Hilda Doolittle published a book titled ‘Poems” which included poems she wrote. Her poems were published in this book without her knowledge. 1921 to 1925 Moore had a part time job at the Hudson Park branch of the New York City Library .She received an Dial award for her second collection of poems ‘Observation”. Winning the Dial award led her to another job as...
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