Costello, Bonnie. Marianne Moore: Imaginary Possessions. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1981. Demonstrates how to read Moore’s poems by investigating recurrent themes, images, and forms. Examines in detail individual lines and phrases, as well as whole poems.
Gregory, Elizabeth, ed. The Critical Response to Marianne Moore. Westport, Conn.: Praeger, 2003. Collection of more than seventy reviews and essays about Moore that were originally published between 1917 and 1975. Many of the pieces are by other poets, including Ezra Pound, W. H. Auden, T. S. Eliot, H. D., and Elizabeth Bishop.
Joyce, Elisabeth W. Cultural Critique and Abstraction: Marianne Moore and the Avant-Garde. Lewisburg, Pa.: Bucknell University Press, 1998. Places Moore’s poetry within the avant-garde art movements of the early twentieth century, such as cubism, collage, Dadaism, and surrealism.
Kent, Kathryn R. Making Girls into Women: American Women’s Writing and the Rise of Lesbian Identity. Durham, N.C.: Duke University Press, 2003. Analyzes literature written by American women in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries to trace the emergence of lesbian identity, which Kent maintains is rooted in white, middle-class culture. Two of the chapters focus on the poetry of...
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