The impetus for this special issue on Marianne Moore was the March 2015 “21st Century Moore” conference at the University of Houston. The theme of that conference, at which forty-one scholars and poets from across Europe and America presented, was the future of Marianne Moore studies in the new century. Two of the conference organizers, Elizabeth Gregory and Stacy Hubbard, have edited a forthcoming book of essays by a selection of the presenters, Twenty-First Century Marianne Moore: Essays from a Critical Renaissance. We, Heather White and Fiona Green, were the other two organizers and wanted to use the momentum from the conference to pay tribute to Twentieth-Century Literature’s particular role in supporting the scholarship that brought new energy and rigor to Moore studies just over thirty years ago and became our own first encounter with the world of Moore criticism. That world...

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