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Thomas Sturge Moore
by George Charles Beresford, 1903
Born4 March 1870
3 Wellington Square, Hastings, East Sussex
Died18 July 1944
St Andrews Cottage, Clewer, Windsor, Berkshire
Resting placeAshes scattered near Petersfield, Hampshire
OccupationPoet, writer and artist
Education Dulwich College
Croydon School of Art
Lambeth School of Art
Genre Georgian Poetry
Noh drama
Art nouveau
Art deco
SpouseMarie Appia (18721956)
ChildrenDaniel Sturge-Moore (19081980)
Riette Sturge-Moore (19071995)
Relatives G.E. Moore (brother)
Nicholas Moore (nephew)
Thomas Sturge Moore, portrait by Charles Shannon, c. 1897, a.k.a. The Man with a Yellow Glove Thomas Sturge Moore, by Charles Shannon.jpg
Thomas Sturge Moore, portrait by Charles Shannon, c. 1897, a.k.a. The Man with a Yellow Glove

Thomas Sturge Moore (4 March 1870 18 July 1944) was a British poet, author and artist.



Sturge Moore was born at 3 Wellington Square, Hastings, East Sussex, on 4 March 1870 and educated at Dulwich College, the Croydon School of Art and Lambeth School of Art. [1] [2] In Lambeth he studied under the wood-engraver Charles Roberts. He was a long-term friend and correspondent of W. B. Yeats, who was to describe him as "one of the most exquisite poets writing in England". He was also a playwright, writing a Medea influenced by Yeats' drama and the Japanese Noh style. As a wood-engraver and artist he designed the covers for poetry editions of Yeats and others. [3] [4]

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In 1913 Moore nominated Rabindranath Tagore the Indian poet for the Nobel Prize in literature.

Moore received a civil list pension of £75 per annum in 1920 in recognition of his contribution to literature. In 1930 he was nominated as one of seven candidates for the position of Poet Laureate. He suffered from chronic ill health, suffering a series of heart attacks in 1942 and 1943, and died on 18 July 1944 at a convalescent home, St Andrews Cottage in Clewer, Windsor, Berkshire, from a kidney infection following a prostate operation. [4] [6] [7] [8]

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Sturge Moore adopted the use of his middle name 'Sturge' (his mother's family name) as a way of avoiding confusion with the poet Thomas Moore. [4]

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On 26 November 1903 Moore married Marie Appia, niece of Louis Appia, a founder of the International Committee of the Red Cross, and cousin of the Swiss stage designer Adolphe Appia. [10] They had two children: Daniel Sturge-Moore, journalist and broadcaster; and Henriette Sturge-Moore, prominent theatre designer, teacher and interior decorator. [11] [12] [13]

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