Williams requested poems from her when he edited Others and Contact.He begged her to let him publish a book for her with Contact Editions and he rewiewed her work and reprinted his reviews in collections of his essays. As editor of The Dial, she published the bulk of his poems written during those years and was instrumental in securing the magazine^ annual award for him.
He attended Horace Mann School in New York and graduated in 1906 from the School of Medicine of the University of Pennsylvania.
After further training in pediatrics in New York and Leipzig, he established his practice in Rutherford and in 1912, married Florence Herman, the celebrated "Flossie" of his poems and dedications. but he is never dry, never without sap in abundance." Marianne Moore said: "Doctor Williams is in his manner of contemplating with new eyes, old things, shabby things, and other things, a poet." Marianne Moore (1887-1972) was raised in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, and graduated from Bryn Mawr College in 1909 with a major in history and a minor in biology.
In the mid-1930s, before Williams had found his champion publisher in James Laughlin at New Directions, she was concerned that his books, published by small presses, were not reaching enough readers, and she took on the task of reviewing Adam £ Eve the City to fan what flames she could.
She never hesitated to contribute statements about his wotlt in various special magazine issues or tributes. What can be seen from an overview of the papers linking Williams and Moore is an enduring concern and a friendship that outweighed every difference between the [page 4] poets.
Although as poets they did not belong to a single "school," their work shared a devotion to the particular, to the thing itself—Williams's "no ideas but in things." Both poets drew on wide classical and contemporary reading and on refined observations of the world around them, williams trained his eye on the people among whom he: lived and practiced medicine and on his surroundings, from rural landscapes to New York.
Moore gleaned images from research in natural history and felt that even "business documents and school-books" could be matter for poetry.
The celebrations vary but they are all concerned with a fond examination of the poets’ works and lives. Among the commemorative events were a four-day conference at the University of Maine (Orono); a series of programs at the new William Carlos williams Center at Rutherford, N.
J., the poet's home town; an afternoon of talks and readings at the School of Medicine of the University of Pennsylvania; and many presentations at the annual MLA meeting in New York.
MARIANNE MOORE NEWSLETTER Volume VII, Numbers 1 & 2, 1983 Great Anteater, Myrmecophaga tridactyla Linnaeus, drawn by Marianne Moore, December 9, 1932. Please make cheques payable to the Rosenbach Museum & Library.
All previously unpublished material by Marianne Moore is published here by permission of Clive E. Contributions welcome on all aspects of MM and her work up to 1,000 words.