Downtown Philadelphia © Author Adventures
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“Do the poet and scientist not work analogously?
Both are willing to waste effort.
To be hard on himself is one
…of the main strengths of each.
Each is attentive to clues,
Each must narrow the choice,
Must strive for precision.”
–Marianne Moore

The Rosenbach’s Marianne Moore Living Room: Feels Like Home

The Marianne Moore Collection at the Rosenbach Museum and Library at 2008-2010 Delancey Place in Philadelphia has the writer’s actual living room on exhibit, just the way she had it set up in her home.

Moore (1887-1972) was a widely published poet from the 1930s to the 1960s, and won several awards, including the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award for Collected Poems.

According to https://rosenbach.org: “The Rosenbach has become a pilgrimage site for students and lovers of twentieth-century American art and literature, and the Moore papers are the heart of this collection. Their great significance to the story of Moore’s artistic and intellectual growth, as well as that of her peers, including Ezra Pound, T.S. Eliot, H.D., Elizabeth Bishop, William Carlos Williams, Wallace Stevens and many more has made the Moore papers such an important and heavily-used resource.”

When you visit the Rosenbach, ask about Marianne Moore’s connection to baseball and read her baseball poetry at poets.org/poetsorg/poem/baseball-and-writing.

More Writers’ Collections at the Rosenbach

The Rosenbach is the go-to for Philadelphia visitors interested in famous writers. It not only features a huge collection of Moore’s works, but also has collections of original works of writers such as Lewis Carroll, William Blake, Bram Stoker, Miguel de Cervantes, Phillis Wheatley, Charles Dickens, Joseph Conrad, and many more.

Find more information about Lewis Carroll’s works here: https://authoradventures.org/trails/by-state/california/lewis-carroll.

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The Rosenbach Museum and Library is the first stop on our Pennsylvania Author Adventures Trail!

Patricia Smart