Inaugurating the Ewing Lectures of the University of California Los Angeles, October 3 and 5, 1956. Description: Berkeley CA: University of California Press (for UCLA), 1956; Limited First Edition, First Printing; Original wraps in decorated french folds made with handmade Japanese style paper in blue and gold with printed title label.Phillips introduces this volume that pairs the Inaugural Ewing Lectures delivered by Moore at the University of California in October 1956. Condition: Near Fine with possible slight discoloration to covers (when compared to inside french fold); Interior is clean and bright as if not read. Edition of 1000 copies as a Keepsake. Marianne Moore: Predilections 1955 on TS Eliot, Pound, W H Auden, W. One of American literature's foremost poets, Marianne Moore's poetry is characterized by linguistic precision, keen and probing descriptions, and acute observations of people, places, animals, and art.
Her poems often reflect her preoccupation with the relationships between the common and the uncommon, as well as advocate discipline in both art and life, and espouse restraint, modesty, and humor. Moore was highly regarded as a poet during her lifetime and even became somewhat of a celebrity, famous for her tricorn hat and cape and featured in magazines such as Life, the New York Times, and The New Yorker.Ford Motor Company even asked her to come up with names for a new series of cars, though they rejected her suggestions. Moore's honors and awards included the Poetry Society of America's Gold Medal for Distinguished Development, the National Medal for Literature, and an honorary doctorate from Harvard University. She died in 1972 in New York City. Living, the poet is carrying on that struggle for the maintenance of a living language, for the maintenance of its strength, its subtlety, for the preservation of quality of feeling, which must be kept up in every generation. Miss Moore is, I believe, one of those few who have done the language some service in my lifetime.
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