Modernism Edited: Marianne Moore and the Dial Magazine

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Abstract

As editor of the Dial, Marianne Moore wielded considerable cultural authority in the world of arts and letters, yet cultural histories of modernist magazines have largely overlooked her editorial influence. Modernism Edited: Marianne Moore and the Dial Magazine makes visible Moore's contribution to the production of modernism even as it complicates the concept of editorial agency. It explores the public face of the modernist editor, the image of highbrow distinction circulated by the Dial and embodied in the figure of 'Miss Moore'. It also examines Moore's editorial practice as a form of modernist 'contractility' drawing on her own poetics to understand more fully the motives underpinning her revisions. It returns to the well-known case of Moore's radical cuts to Hart Crane's poem 'The Wine Menagerie' as well as instances of collaborative struggle with William Carlos Williams, Gertrude Stein, Paul Rosenfeld and D.H. Lawrence. In doing so, the book conceptualises editorial labour as a form of creative and critical social practice.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationEdinburgh
PublisherEdinburgh University Press
Number of pages259
ISBN (Electronic)978147441732
ISBN (Print)9781474417303
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2019

Publication series

NameEdinburgh Critical Studies in Modernist Culture

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