Poet, Author. Originally from Missouri, she was the second of two children born to a construction engineer. She never knew her father as he suffered a nervous breakdown after the failure a major business enterprise and was confined to a mental hospital in Massachusetts shortly after her birth. Eventually her family settled in Pennsylvania where she attended Metzger Institute and Bryn Mawr College. She later became a teacher at the United States Industrial Indian School. She began publishing professionally in 1915 and quickly grew to prominence as a poet and literary critic. She eventually moved to New York City, New York, where she worked for the New York Public Library and was later the editor of a literary magazine called Dial, were she stayed until it closed in 1929. She continued to publish and in 1933 she was awarded the Helen Haire Levinson Prize from Poetry Magazine . She gained national attention for this honor as well as public praise from the famous poet T.S. Elliot. In the 1940's, Moore received considerable attention for her work and was awarded a Guggenheim fellowship in creative writing and a joint grant from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the National Institute of Arts and Letters. In the 1950s, her best known work Collected Poems received the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, and the Bollingen Prize. Her translation of the "Fables of La Fontaine" was honored by the French Government who awarded her the Croix de Chevalier des Arts et Lettres. During the 1950s and 1960s she would enjoy a life as a celebrity and eccentric lady about town in New York City, serving as the unofficial hostess for the Mayor of New York. She was also a publicly declared fan and ardent supporter of the New York Yankees. She died in her home in Manhattan after a series of strokes.
Bio by: Catharine