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New Collected Poems of Marianne Moore

New Collected Poems of Marianne Moore

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ISBN
9780571315338
Published
01/06/2017
9780571315338
Format
Hardback
Price
£30.00
Paperback
480

About the Book

WINNER OF THE MLA PRIZE FOR A SCHOLARLY EDITION

During her lifetime Marianne Moore was that rarest of combinations, a genuine leader in the art of poetry, as well as a bona fide celebrity. She was an instantly recognisable symbol of Brooklyn, New York, appearing on the cover of Life magazine, asked by the Ford Motor Company to christen their new family sedan, and by the New York Yankees to throw the opening pitch of their baseball season. However, because of Moore’s restless, seldom-ceasing, decade-spanning revision of her own poems, creating a ‘stable’ text of her work has posed editors a challenge ever since.

Moore tackled the problem herself: Complete Poems (1967) was her own selection, but she favoured the later work, including less than half of her output up to that point. ‘Omissions are not accidents,’ she wrote pointedly in that edition, but for some readers the absence of more than one hundred poems constituted a wilful neglect of her startlingly innovative, highly influential early work, and contributed to Moore’s undervaluing as a ‘modernist’ poet.

Marianne Moore scholar Heather Cass White has prepared an edition of poems that, for the first time, presents the full range of Moore’s work in its published order, while honouring the complex textual lives of the poems. With an inviting introduction and meticulous notes, the New Collected Poems of Marianne Moore is the first definitive text of this most celebrated writer, whose poems form part, as T. S. Eliot declared, of ‘the small body of durable poetry written in our time’.

WINNER OF THE MLA PRIZE FOR A SCHOLARLY EDITIONDuring her lifetime Marianne Moore was that rarest of combinations, a genuine leader in the art of poetry, as well as a bona fide celebrity. She was an instantly recognisable symbol of Brooklyn, New York, appearing on the cover of Life magazine, asked by the Ford Motor Company to christen their new family sedan, and by the New York Yankees to throw the opening pitch of their baseball season. However, because of Moore’s restless, seldom-ceasing, decade-spanning revision of her own poems, creating a ‘stable’ text of her work has posed editors a challenge ever since. Moore tackled the problem herself: Complete Poems (1967) was her own selection, but she favoured the later work, including less than half of her output up to that point. ‘Omissions are not accidents,’ she wrote pointedly in that edition, but for some readers the absence of more than one hundred poems constituted a wilful neglect of her startlingly innovative, highly influential early work, and contributed to Moore’s undervaluing as a ‘modernist’ poet. Marianne Moore scholar Heather Cass White has prepared an edition of poems that, for the first time, presents the full range of Moore’s work in its published order, while honouring the complex textual lives of the poems. With an inviting introduction and meticulous notes, the New Collected Poems of Marianne Moore is the first definitive text of this most celebrated writer, whose poems form part, as T. S. Eliot declared, of ‘the small body of durable poetry written in our time’.
  • Marianne Moore

    Marianne Moore (1887-1972) was awarded the Bollingen Prize, the National Book Award, and the Pulitzer Prize for her Collected Poems.

“Moore remains a poet apart. Any excuse is a good excuse to discover her — and this edition may be the best we get.”
- Stephen Burt, New York Times
“A fresh perspective on the legacy of Marianne Moore . . . With this book, White has not only given readers an authoritative compendium of Moore's work but an insightful critique of her writing process.”
- Elizabeth Lund, Washington Post

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