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The Marianne Moore that survives in the popular imagination is dignified, white-haired, and demure; she lives with her mother until her death; she maintains meaningful friendships with fellow poets but never marries. This biography, the first written with the support of the Moore estate, delves beneath the surface of this calcified image to reveal a passionate, canny woman caught between genuine devotion to her mother and an irrepressible desire for personal autonomy and freedom.

The Marianne Moore that survives in the popular imagination is dignified, white-haired, and demure; she lives with her mother until her death; she maintains meaningful friendships with fellow poets but never marries. This biography, the first written with the support of the Moore estate, delves beneath the surface of this calcified image to reveal a passionate, canny woman caught between genuine devotion to her mother and an irrepressible desire for personal autonomy and freedom.

"And when Peace here does house / He comes with work to do, he does not come to coo, / He comes to brood and sit." Gerard Manley Hopkins, Peace from Poems (1918)

"And when Peace here does house / He comes with work to do, he does not come to coo, / He comes to brood and sit." Gerard Manley Hopkins, Peace from Poems (1918)

The totalitarian attempt at global conquest and total domination has been the destructive way out of all impasses. Its victory may coincide with the destruction of humanity; wherever it has ruled, it has begun to destroy the essence of man ... it is also true that without it (totalitarianism)we might never have known the truly radical nature of Evil. -Hannah Arendt, a german philosopher, on the The Origins of Totalitarianism

The totalitarian attempt at global conquest and total domination has been the destructive way out of all impasses. Its victory may coincide with the destruction of humanity; wherever it has ruled, it has begun to destroy the essence of man ... it is also true that without it (totalitarianism)we might never have known the truly radical nature of Evil. -Hannah Arendt, a german philosopher, on the The Origins of Totalitarianism

I saw the moment of greatness flicker, and in short, I was afraid"   -T.S. Eliot

I saw the moment of greatness flicker, and in short, I was afraid" -T.S. Eliot

The great author/speaker/humorist Mark Twain was born today 11-30 in 1835. I know my world would not have been as rich without his wonderful prose. I would be hard pressed to even pick a favorite. He passed in 1910.

The great author/speaker/humorist Mark Twain was born today 11-30 in 1835. I know my world would not have been as rich without his wonderful prose. I would be hard pressed to even pick a favorite. He passed in 1910.

"Friends, we should have postmarks on our foreheads    to show where we have been;" from Memory as a Hearing Aid, by Tony Hoagland

"Friends, we should have postmarks on our foreheads to show where we have been;" from Memory as a Hearing Aid, by Tony Hoagland

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