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Moore, George, 1852-1933



  • Existence: 1852 - 1933

Biographical Note

George Augustus Moore was born in 1852 in Moore Hall, Barryglass, County Mayo, Ireland. He was the author of numerous novels, including: A Modern Lover (1883), The Mummer's Wife (1885), Literature at Nurse; or Circulating Morals (1885), A Drama in Muslin (1886), and Confessions of a Young Man (1888), a fictionalized-autobiographical account of his days in Paris. Moore was also regarded as an influential critic of literature and art, publishing articles in for magazines and newspapers. These were later collected in Impressions and Opinions (1891) and Modern Painting (1893). He also continued writing novels: A Mere Accident (1887), Spring Days (1888), Mike Fletcher (1889), Vain Fortune (1891) and Esther Waters (1894). In 1897, Moore was introduced to William Butler Yeats and became an ally in the efforts to establish an Irish national theater. He collaborated with Yeats on Diarmud and Grania (1901). In 1901, Moore moved to Dublin and for the next decade became actively involved in Irish artistic and political movements. His chief works of the period were two novels, Untilled Field (1903) and The Lake (1905) and another fictionalized autobiography, Memoirs of My Dead Life (1906). Moore angered many with his criticism of the "reactionary" nature of modern Irish Catholicism. Facing increased criticism, in 1911 Moore returned to London and published his monumental fictionalized autobiography Hail and Farewell in three volumes: Ave (1911), Salve (1912) and Vale (1914). Other books from his remaining years include the novels Brook Kerith (1916), A Storyteller's Holiday (1918), Heloise and Abelard (1921), Ulick and Soracha (1926) and the conversational memoirs Avowals (1919) and Conversations in Ebury Street (1924). He died in 1933.

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Boston College collection of George Moore


Collection of materials related to Irish author George Moore (1852-1933), including an annotated typescript of Heloise and Abelard, correspondence, and an article.

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Collection is open for research.

Dates: 1887 - 1956; Majority of material found within 1887 - 1923