Selected Letters of Marianne Moore

Introduction by Bonnie Costello
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Marianne Moore's correspondence makes up the largest and most broadly significant collection of any modern poet. It documents the first two-thirds of this century, reflecting shifts from Victorian to modernist culture, the experience of the two world wars, the Depression and postwar prosperity, and the changing face of the arts in America and Europe. Moore wrote letters daily for most of her life—long, intense letters to friends and family; shorter, but always distinctive letters to an ever-widening circle of acquaintances and fans. At the height of her celebrity, she would occasionally write as many as fifty letters a day. Both Moore and her correspondents appreciated the value of their exchange, so that an extraordinary number of letters, approximately thirty thousand, have been preserved.

For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.
Bonnie Costello teaches at Boston University and is the author of Marianne Moore: Imaginary Possessions and Elizabeth Bishop: Questions of Mastery.

Celeste Goodridge teaches at Bowdoin College. She is the author of Hints and Disguises: Marianne Moore and Her Contemporaries.

Cristanne Miller teaches at Pomona College and is the author of Emily Dickinson: A Poet's Grammar and Marianne Moore: Questions of Authority. She is also a coauthor, with Suzanne Juhasz and Martha Wellsmith, of Comic Power in Emily Dickinson. View titles by Marianne Moore

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Marianne Moore's correspondence makes up the largest and most broadly significant collection of any modern poet. It documents the first two-thirds of this century, reflecting shifts from Victorian to modernist culture, the experience of the two world wars, the Depression and postwar prosperity, and the changing face of the arts in America and Europe. Moore wrote letters daily for most of her life—long, intense letters to friends and family; shorter, but always distinctive letters to an ever-widening circle of acquaintances and fans. At the height of her celebrity, she would occasionally write as many as fifty letters a day. Both Moore and her correspondents appreciated the value of their exchange, so that an extraordinary number of letters, approximately thirty thousand, have been preserved.

For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.

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Bonnie Costello teaches at Boston University and is the author of Marianne Moore: Imaginary Possessions and Elizabeth Bishop: Questions of Mastery.

Celeste Goodridge teaches at Bowdoin College. She is the author of Hints and Disguises: Marianne Moore and Her Contemporaries.

Cristanne Miller teaches at Pomona College and is the author of Emily Dickinson: A Poet's Grammar and Marianne Moore: Questions of Authority. She is also a coauthor, with Suzanne Juhasz and Martha Wellsmith, of Comic Power in Emily Dickinson. View titles by Marianne Moore

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