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George Moore Collection

1888 - 1929
(bulk dates 1888 - 1890, 1914 - 1929)

Manuscript Collection Number: 266
Accessioned: Purchases, 1984-1993
Extent: 91 items. (.75 linear ft.)
Content: Letters, page and galley proofs, poem, fiction, and prose
Access: The collection is open for research.
Processed: Originally processed by Stuart Dick and Tim Murray,
revised April 1993 by Anita Wellner.

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Biographical Note

George Augustus Moore, novelist and story writer, was born February 24, 1852, at Moore Hall, County Mayo, Ireland. Most of Moore's childhood was spent in Ireland, where he was tutored locally. In 1861 he was sent for formal education at Oscott. He withdrew from the school in 1867, after an experience which he described with bitterness in Confessions of a Young Man (1888). From 1869 to 1873 Moore lived in London, where his father had moved the family in 1869, after his election to Parliament in 1868. After his father's death in 1870, Moore painted, visited art galleries, and led a gentleman's life in England.

From 1873-1880 Moore lived in Paris, studied at the l'Ecole des Beaux Arts and the Jullian's Academy, and met many of the period's avant-garde painters and writers. Notable among the many he encountered were Mallarmé, Manet, Monet, Degas, Pissarro, Renoir, Sisley, and Zola.

Although Moore exhibited some talent as a painter, Moore did not believe his ability was sufficient for creating great art. In the 1870s Moore began to write and had probably written a comedy titled Worldliness by 1874. No copies of this initial work have survived. His first published work was a volume of poems, Flowers of Passion (1878), which was followed by Martin Luther (1879), a tragedy written in collaboration with dramatist Bernard Lopez.

Financial difficulties forced his return to London in 1880, where he worked at earning a living by writing. In 1883 George Moore's first novel, A Modern Lover, appeared. During the 1880s and 1890s his works included A Mummer's Wife (1885), A Drama in Muslin (1886), Confessions of a Young Man (1888), and Esther Waters (1894).

In 1901 Moore left London and settled in Dublin, Ireland, where he wrote and produced plays, gave speeches defending the theatre movement, and began writing material which reflected his Irish heritage. During this period he wrote the collection of stories, The Untilled Field (1903); a novel, The Lake (1905); and his three volume autobiography, Hail and Farewell (1911-1914).

In 1911 Moore returned from Ireland and lived at 121 Ebury Street in London until his death in 1933. From 1911 to 1932 Moore wrote numerous books, including The Brook Kerith (1916), A Story-Teller's Holiday (1918), Avowals (1919), Héloise and Abélard (1921), Daphnis and Chloe (1924), Ulick and Soracha (1926), and Aphrodite in Aulis (1930).


Hogan, Robert (ed.) Dictionary of Irish Literature. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 1979. pp. 458-466.

Legg, L. G. Wickham (ed.) The Dictionary of National Biography, 1931-1940. London: Oxford University Press, 1975. pp. 625-627.

Scope and Content Note

The George Moore Collection consists of 81 letters and seven manuscripts written by Moore between 1888 and 1929. This collection was formed from multiple accessions and provides a small sample of Moore's writing, including correspondence, a novel, short stories, a poem, and prose.

The letters included in this collection were written by Moore to various individuals. To publisher Arthur Brentano, Moore wrote concerning the U.S. publication of his A Story-Teller's Holiday. Letters to publishers T. Werner Laurie and Horace Liveright are also included, as are letters to an unidentified Mr. Freeman concerning the U.S. publication of Aphrodite in Aulis. There are letters to the comedy actress, Athene Seyler, concerning a production of Moore's The Coming of Gabrielle, as well as letters to Lady Gregory, American journalist Henry Phillips, and Oliver St. John Gogarty. To the writer Marquise Clara Lanza, Moore wrote about his appreciation of her novel, The Righteous Apostate, and suggested that they collaborate in writing a play based on the novel.

There are also letters to a number of other individuals, discussing the publication and editing of his books or articles, his travels, and his health; or responding to comments on his writing.

The seven manuscripts include page proofs for his collection of short stories, The Untilled Field (1903), and for his novel, Lewis Seymour and Some Women (1917). The collection also includes a galley proof of his poem, "La Réponse de Georges Moore en Forme de Sonnet à son Ami Edouard Dujardin" (1920).

The typescript and proofs for Moore's "An Imaginary Conversation," published in the Fortnightly Review (1918-1919), are also included in this collection. The imaginary conversation between Moore and Edmund Gosse was later included in Moore's Avowals, for which page proofs are found in this collection.

Arrangement Note

The collection is arranged in two series. Series I. Letters is arranged in alphabetical order by recipient's name, followed by material to unidentified persons. Series II. Manuscripts is arranged in alphabetical order by title.

Series Outline

I.   Letters, 1888-1929

     Louisa Bell
     Arthur Brentano
     Henry Davray
     Mr. Freeman
     Mrs. Goelet
     Oliver St. John Gogarty
     Miss Gough
     Lady Gregory
     Francis Henry Gribble
     Marquise Clara Lanza
     T. Werner Laurie
     Leonie Leslie
     Horace Liveright
     Mr. Macleod
     Henry A. Phillips
     Mr. Richards
     Mr. Rolleston
     Athene Seyler
     Mr. Smith
     Mr. Tuller
     Mr. Whitelock

II.  Manuscripts, 1902-1920

     1.   Avowals, 1919
     2.   "An Imaginary Conversation," 1918
     3.   "La Réponse de Georges Moore...Edouard Dujardin," 1920
     4.   Lewis Seymour and Some Women, 1916
     5.   The Untilled Field, 1902

Contents List

Box -- Folder -- Contents

1         Series I.  Letters, 1888-1929
               The series consists of 81 letters from Moore to a
               variety of different individuals, as well as two
               letters from Moore's secretary Mona Kingdon to
               Henry Albert Phillips.

     F1   Louisa Bell
               1916 May 26    TLS       1 p

     F2   Arthur Brentano
               1916 Feb 15    TLS       1 p
               1916 Aug 4     ALS       4 p
               1917 Oct 8     ALS       6 p
               1917 Oct 15    TLS       1 p
               1917 Oct 22    ALS       1 p
               1917 Nov 2     TLS       2 p
               1917 Nov 8     TLS       2 p

     F3        1918 Jan 7     TLS       2 p
               1918 Feb 3     TLS       1 p
               [1919] May 17  ALS       2 p
               [1919] Jun 19  ALS       2 p
               [1919] Sep 8   ALS       5 p

     F4   Davray
               [n.d.]         ALS       2 p

     F5   Mr. Freeman
               1928 Nov 1     TLS       1 p
               1928 Nov 12    TLS       1 p
               1928 Nov 23    TLS       2 p
               1928 Dec 11    TLS       1 p

     F6   Mrs. Goelet
               [1914] Jul 20  ALS       2 p

     F7   Oliver St. John Gogarty
               [1915] Mar 31  ALS       2 p

     F8   Miss Gough
               [n.d.]         ALS       2 p

     F9   Lady Gregory
               [n.d.]         ALS       2 p

     F10  Henry Gribble
               [n.d.]         ALS       3 p
               [n.d.]         ALS       4 p

     F11  Clara Lanza
               1888 Sep 23    ALS       10 p
               [1888] Nov 12  ALS       12 p
               [1888] Dec 19  ALS       14 p
               [1889 Jan 16]  ALS        8 p

1         Series I.  Letters (cont'd)
     F12  Clara Lanza
               [1889] Mar 9   ALS       12 p
               [1889] Mar 30  ALS        9 p
               [1889] Apr 5   ALS        8 p
               [1889 Jun 7]   ALS        8 p

     F13       [1889 Aug 3]   ALS        6 p
               [1889 Sep 13]  ALS       10 p
               [1889 Nov 30]  ALS        4 p
               [1889 Dec 14]  ALS        7 p
               1889 Dec 24    ALS       10 p
               [n.y.] May 3   ALS        4 p

     F14  Werner Laurie
               [n.d.]         ALS       2 p
               [n.d.]         ALS       3 p

     F15  Leonie Leslie
               [n.y.] Nov 30  ALS       1 p

     F16  Horace Liveright
          Includes one letter to Liveright's secretary, Miss
               [1922] Jan 14  ALS       1 p  (Miss Armstrong)
               1922 Jan 14    TLS       2 p
               [1922] Jan 16  ALS       2 p
               1922 Jan 20    TLS       2 p

     F17       1925 Aug 4     TLS       1 p
               1926 Apr 12    TLS       1 p
               [n.y.] Jul 4   ALS       2 p

     F18  Mr. Macleod
          Includes one letter addressed to "Editor of The Daily
               1921 Mar 2     TLS       1 p
               1921 Mar 4     TLS       2 p
               1921 Mar 8     TLS       1 p   (to editor)
               1921 Jun 20    TLS       1 p  (signed for Moore
                                              by his secretary)
               1921 Jun 28    ALS       1 p  (signed by Moore,
                                              handwritten by
               1921 Aug 24    TLS       2 p 
               1921 Nov 3     ALS       1 p   (signed by Moore,
                                               handwritten by
               1922 Jan 7     TLS       1 p
               [n.y.] Jul 26  ALS       1 p

1         Series I.  Letters (cont'd)

     F19  Henry Albert Phillips
          Includes two letters to Phillips from Mona Kingdon,
          Moore's secretary, writing in his stead.
               1925 Dec 16    TLS       1 p  (from Kingdon)
               1928 Jan 20    ALS       1 p  (from Kingdon)
               [n.y.] Mar 21  ALS       1 p

     F20  Mr. Richards
               [n.y.] Aug 27  ALS       3 p

     F21  Mr. Rolleston
               1917 Mar 19    TLS       1 p
               1917 Apr 26    TLS       2 p

     F22  Athene Seyler
          These letters to comedy actress Athene Seyler were
          included in copies of Moore's The Brook Kerith or
          In Single Strictness.
               1923 Jun 21    ALS       1 p
               [n.y.] Sunday  ALS       2 p
               [n.y.] Oct 21  ALS       2 p

     F23  Mr. Smith
          Other letters from Moore to Smith are located with the
          page proof for Avowals (F29) and the galley proof for
          Moore's french sonnet (F32).
               [n.y.] Mar 14  ALS       2 p

     F24  Tuller
               [n.d.]         ALS       2 p

     F25  Mr. Whitelock
               1902 Jan 11    TLS       1 p

     F26  Unidentified persons
               1890 Apr 9     ALS       2 p
               1923 Jan 5     ALS       1 p
               1926 May 19    ALS       2 p
               1927 May 19    TLS       1 p
               [1927] Jun 1   ALS       1 p
               1927 Aug 30    TLS       1 p
               [1927] Sep 3   ALS       1 p
               1927 Sep 6     TLS       1 p
               1929 May 9     TLS       1 p
               [n.y.] Jul 20  ALS       6 p
               [n.d.]         ALS       2 p

 2         Series II.  Manuscripts Written by George Moore,
               This collection of page proofs, galley proofs, and
               a typescript, includes stories, prose, poetry, and
               a novel written by George Moore.  Three of the
               manuscripts were originally part of the library 
               belonging to Philadelphia collector William West
               and are so identified.

          Series II.1.  Avowals, 1919
               Published in 1919, this prose incorporates Moore's
               "An Imaginary Conversation. Gosse and Moore." 
               Included are the page proofs printed by The
               Riverside Press and three letters from Moore to
               Mr. Smith concerning Avowals.  With the letters is
               an autograph note by William West explaining the
               provenance of these items.

     F27  Page Proofs, 1919
          Pages 1-152, bearing Moore's autograph corrections and           
          the stamp of The Riverside Press.

     F28  Page Proofs, 1919
          Pages 153-310.

     F29  Letters to Mr. Smith, [n.y.]
          In addition to the three Moore letters is a note by         
          William West explaining how he acquired the these
          letters and proofs.
               [n.y.] May 29  ALS       1 p
               [n.y.] Jun 6   ALS       2 p
               [n.y.] Jun 16  ALS       1 p

          Series II.2.  "An Imaginary Conversation. Gosse
               and Moore," 1918 Aug-Nov
               Originally published in Fortnightly Review in 1918
               and 1919, these two articles were later expanded
               and published as Avowals.  Included are the page
               proofs for one conversation and the galley proofs
               for a second conversation.

     F30  Page Proofs, 1918 Aug 7
          Numbered 16-29, these page proofs bear the autograph
          corrections of Moore, as well as the stamp, "Richard 
          Clay and Sons, Limited, 7 Aug 1918."

     F31  Galley Proofs, 1918 Nov 12
          Numbered 1-14, these galleys bear autograph corrections
          by Moore, the stamp, "Richard Clay and Sons, Limited,
          12 Nov 1918."  Inserted at page 4 of the galleys is one
          typescript page by Moore.  Published in the Fortnightly
          Review, November 1918.

3         Series II.  Manuscripts (cont'd)

          Series II.3  "La Réponse de Georges Moore en
               Forme de Sonnet à Son Ami Edouard Dujardin
               (l'auteur de "La source du Fleuve Chretien) qui
               l'avait invité à Blois pour manger L'Alose,
               Includes galley proof of this sonnet written in               
               French and published in the Fortnightly Review, as
               well as a letter to Mr. Smith.

     F32  Galley Proof, [1920]
          This one page of galley proof bears autograph
          corrections by Moore and is accompanied by a letter to
          Mr. Smith ([1920] Jun 30) concerning this sonnet. 

          Series II.4.  Lewis Seymour and Some Women, 1916
               These are the page proofs for the original William
               Heinemann edition of this novel, published in
               London in 1916.  George Moore revised this set of 
               proofs in preparation for the American edition
               published in New York by Brentano's in 1917.  This
               manuscript was part of William West's collection.

     F33  Page Proofs, 1916 
          Corrected page proofs with extensive autograph
          revisions, as well as added slips of text by Moore. 
          Bears the stamp of the printer, Billing & Sons, Ltd.,
          London.  Each signature is dated, with the initial
          signature dated October 21, 1916.  Accompanying the 310
          pages of proofs is an note by William West.

          Series II.5.  The Untilled Field, [1902]
               This collection of short stories was published in
               London by T. Fisher Unwin in 1902.  These pages of
               corrected proofs were a part of the William West

     F34  Page Proofs, [1902]
          These page proofs bear the autograph corrections of
          George Moore, as well as one autograph page of text 
          inserted at page 417.  Bears the bookplate of William
          West on the half-title page and includes a note by West
          concerning these proofs.

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