Black and white photograph of American poet Marianne Moore.

Marianne Moore

(1887 - 1972)

Born in St. Louis in 1887, Marianne Moore graduated from Bryn Mawr College in 1909, and taught at the Carlisle Indian School of Pennsylvania—where future Olympian Jim Thorpe was a student—from 1911 to 1915, the year she began to publish poetry. T.S. Eliot in the 1930s observed that Moore’s works were among the “small body of durable poetry written in our time.” For her Collected Poems she received Pulitzer and Bollingen Prizes. A sports fan, she wrote liner notes for Muhammad Ali’s 1963 spoken-word album, I Am the Greatest!

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The passion for setting people right is in itself an afflictive disease.

—Marianne Moore, 1935

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