Marianne Moore, one of the most famous American poets of the 20th century,
was born in Kirkwood, Missouri, a suburb of St. Louis. She was raised in Pennsylvania
and began writing poetry while studying at Bryn Mawr College. In 1924, she
won the Dial Award for her collection Observations (1924) and was hired as
an editor at Dial, where she worked until 1929 when the magazine ceased publication.
Moore was recognized from her youngest days as a poet of extraordinary talent
and received many awards, fellowships, and honorary degrees throughout her
life. In 1952, her Collected Poems captured the three major poetry prizes:
The National Book Award, The Bollingen Prize, and The Pulitzer Prize.