George Moore (novelist)  

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"Woman's nature is more facile and fluent than man's. Women do things more easily than men, but they do not penetrate below the surface, and if they attempt to do so the attempt is but a clumsy masquerade in unbecoming costume. In their own costume they have succeeded as queens, courtesans, and actresses, but in the higher arts, in painting, in music, and literature, their achievements are slight indeed--best when confined to the arrangements of themes invented by men--amiable transpositions suitable to boudoirs and fans."--"Sex in Art" (1892) by George Moore

"George Moore's publisher Henry Vizetelly began to issue unabridged mass-market translations of French realist novels that endangered the moral and commercial influence of the circulating libraries around this time. Vizetelly was brought to court by the National Vigilance Association (NVA) for "obscene libel". Throughout Moore stayed loyal to Zola's publisher, and on 22 September 1888, about a month before the trial, wrote a letter that appeared in the St. James Gazette. In it Moore suggested that it was improper for Vizetelly's fate to be determined by a jury of "twelve tradesmen", explaining that it would be preferable to be judged by three novelists. Moore pointed out that the NVA could make the same claims against such books as Madame Bovary and Gautier's Mademoiselle de Maupin, as their morals are equivalent to Zola's, though their literary merits might differ."--Sholem Stein

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George Augustus Moore (24 February 1852 – 21 January 1933) was an Irish novelist, short-story writer, poet, art critic, memoirist and dramatist. Moore came from a Roman Catholic landed family. He originally wanted to be a painter, and studied art in Paris during the 1870s. There, he befriended many of the leading French artists and writers of the day.

As a naturalistic writer, he was amongst the first English-language authors to absorb the lessons of the French realists, and was particularly influenced by the works of Émile Zola. His writings influenced James Joyce, according to the literary critic and biographer Richard Ellmann, and, although Moore's work is sometimes seen as outside the mainstream of both Irish and British literature, he is as often regarded as the first great modern Irish novelist.


  • Flowers of Passion London: Provost & Company, 1878
  • Martin Luther: A Tragedy in Five Acts London: Remington & Company, 1879
  • Pagan Poems London: Newman & Company, 1881
  • A Modern Lover London: Tinsley Brothers, 1883
  • A Mummer's Wife London: Vizetelly & Company, 1885
  • Literature at Nurse London: Vizetelly & Company, 1885
  • A Drama in Muslin London: Vizetelly & Company, 1886
  • Confessions of a Young Man Swan Sonnershein Lowrey & Company, 1886
  • A Mere Accident London: Vizetelly & Company, 1887
  • Parnell and His Island London; Swan Sonnershein Lowrey & Company, 1887
  • Spring Days London: Vizetelly & Company, 1888
  • Mike Fletcher London: Ward & Downey, 1889
  • Impressions and Opinions London; David Nutt, 1891
  • Vain Fortune London: Henry & Company, 1891
  • Modern Painting London: Walter Scott, 1893
  • The Strike at Arlingford London: Walter Scott, 1893
  • Esther Waters London: Walter Scott, 1894
  • Celibates London: Walter Scott, 1895
  • Evelyn Innes London: T. Fisher Unwin, 1898
  • The Bending of the Bough London: T. Fisher Unwin, 1900
  • Sister Theresa London: T. Fisher Unwin, 1901
  • The Untilled Field London: T. Fisher Unwin, 1903
  • The Lake London: William Heinemann, 1905
  • Memoirs of My Dead Life London: William Heinemann, 1906
  • The Apostle: A Drama in Three Acts Dublin: Maunsel & Company, 1911
  • Hail and Farewell London: William Heinemann, 1911, 1912, 1914
  • The Apostle: A Drama in Three Acts Dublin: Maunsel & Company, 1911
  • Elizabeth Cooper Dublin: Maunsel & Company, 1913
  • Muslin London: William Heinemann, 1915
  • The Brook Kerith: A Syrian Story London: T. Warner Laurie, 1916
  • Lewis Seymour and Some Women New York: Brentano's, 1917
  • A Story-Teller's Holiday London: Cumann Sean-eolais na hEireann (privately printed), 1918
  • Avowals London: Cumann Sean-eolais na hEireann (privately printed), 1919
  • The Coming of Gabrielle London: Cumann Sean-eolais na hEireann (privately printed), 1920
  • Heloise and Abelard London: Cumann Sean-eolais na hEireann (privately printed), 1921
  • In Single Strictness London: William Heinemann, 1922
  • Conversations in Ebury Street London: William Heinemann, 1924
  • Pure Poetry: An Anthology London: Nonesuch Press, 1924
  • The Pastoral Loves of Daphnis and Chloe London: William Heinemann, 1924
  • Daphnis and Chloe, Peronnik the Fool New York: Boni & Liveright, 1924
  • Ulick and Soracha London: Nonesuch Press, 1926
  • Celibate Lives London: William Heinemann, 1927
  • The Making of an Immortal New York: Bowling Green Press, 1927
  • The Passing of the Essenes: A Drama in Three Acts London: William Heinemann, 1930
  • Aphrodite in Aulis New York: Fountain Press, 1930
  • A Communication to My Friends London: Nonesuch Press, 1933
  • Diarmuid and Grania: A Play in Three Acts Co-written with W.B. Yeats, Edited by Anthony Farrow, Chicago: De Paul, 1974


  • Moore Versus Harris Detroit: privately printed, 1921
  • Letters to Dujardin New York: Crosby Gaige, 1929
  • Letters of George Moore Bournemouth: Sydenham, 1942
  • Letters to Lady Cunard Ed. Rupert Hart-Davis. London: Rupert Hart-Davis, 1957
  • George Moore in Transition Ed. Helmut E. Gerber, Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 1968

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