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Name: Moore, Harry T. (Harry Thornton) (1908-1981)

Historical Note:

Harry T. Moore was an English professor at Southern Illinois University Carbondale from 1957-1976.  He was born in Oakland, California on August 2, 1908 and began his education at the University of Chicago in 1934.  He also earned degrees at Northwestern University and Boston University.

Moore is best remembered for his studies and publications on the life and works of D. H. Lawrence.  His 1974 biography on Lawrence, Priest of Love, was adapted into a movie starring Ian McKellen and Janet Suzman in 1981.  Other books on Lawrence include The Intelligent heart, the story of D. H. Lawrence (1954), The life and works of D. H. Lawrence (1951), The Collected Letters of D. H. Lawrence (1962), and D. H. Lawrence and his World (1966).  Moore also studied and published on John Steinbeck, E.M. Forster, Henry James, Richard Aldington, and Lawrence Durrell. Moore became a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, as well as the President of the College English Association.  He also won the Guggenheim Fellowships in 1958 and 1960.  He died on April 11, 1981 in Carterville, Illinois.

Sources: New York Times obituary, April 14, 1981; Pollinger Limited (

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