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Marianne Moore

Marianne Moore
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Esther Bubley, 16 Feb 1921 - 16 Mar 1998
Marianne Moore, 15 Nov 1887 - 5 Feb 1972
Gelatin silver print
Image: 24.9 x 34cm (9 13/16 x 13 3/8")
Mat: 55.9 x 71.1cm (22 x 28")
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National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
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© Esther Bubley
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The author of more than a dozen volumes of verse, Marianne Moore received virtually every major literary award-including the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award-that the United States had to offer. Her innovative and exquisitely crafted poems, one critic declared, "bear the indisputable mark of high style," and another described the meanings found in her clean metaphors and symbolism as "exhilarating." But perhaps the highest tribute came from fellow poet T. S. Eliot, who placed Moore's work among "the small body of durable poetry written in our time."
Moore's poems were filled with references to members of the animal kingdom, and when Life did a story on her in 1953, its editors asked photographer Esther Bubley to photograph the poet as she encountered some of the non-human creatures mentioned in her works.
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