Marianne Moore

Marianne Moore (1887-1972) was an enthusiastic and prolific writer while at Bryn Mawr, publishing eight poems and eight short stories in the student literary magazine Tipyn O'Bob. In her letters to Marcet Haldeman, a friend who had left college, she discussed her literary ambitions as well as her self-doubt and her struggles to express her true self in her writing. Moore remained connected to the college throughout her life, and led a poetry seminar in Spring 1953. Carbon copies of some of her comments on student poems are shown here.

Moore began publishing poetry in literary journals in 1915. Her first book was published without her knowledge in 1921; it included poems gathered by the poet HD (Hilda Dolittle), a former classmate. She wrote steadily throughout her life and her Collected Poems of 1951 won the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award (1952), and the Bollingen Prize (1953). The Library holds a substantial collection of Moore's letters: to Haldeman, to her friend Hildegarde Watson, and to various faculty and administrators at the College, as well as an example of the tricorn hats she was well-known for wearing.

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