University of Texas, Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center

George Moore:

An Inventory of His Collection at the Harry Ransom Center

Creator: Moore, George, 1852-1933
Title: George Moore Collection
Dates: 1886-1962, undated
Abstract: Includes manuscripts and correspondence of the Irish novelist and playwright George Moore, including a play co-written with William Butler Yeats. Correspondents include William Gosse, Frank Harris, Katharine Hinkson Tynan, J. B. Pinker and Sons, Thomas Werner Laurie, William Kirkpatrick Magee, Elizabeth Robins, A. J. A. Symons, Henry Tonks, Honor E. Woulfe, and others. Third-party works and correspondence about Moore are also present, and may have been gathered by the biographer Joseph Maunsell Hone.
Call Number: Manuscript Collection MS-2894
Extent: 7 boxes (2.94 linear feet), 2 galley folders (gf)
Language: English, French
Repository: The University of Texas at Austin, Harry Ransom Center



Open for research

Administrative Information

Processed by:

Joan Sibley and Katherine Noble, 2013


This finding aid replicates and replaces information previously available only in a card catalog. Please see the explanatory note at the end of this finding aid for information regarding the arrangement of the manuscripts as well as the abbreviations commonly used in descriptions.

Container List


1.1 Untitled article protesting destruction of Rheims Cathedral, signed carbon typescript, 1 page, 1915. Written in French.
1.2 The brook Kerith, printed book with extensive handwritten marginal revisions, 478 pages, 1916. Included with this: handwritten and typed carbon revisions laid in, 4 pages; TLS from Victor Gollancz to F. M. Atkinson.
1.3-5 The brook Kerith, page proofs / incomplete with handwritten corrections and revisions and typed insert revisions, 921 pages, 1927. Contains 2 incomplete sets of proofs with further duplicates of some signatures for new edition.
gf 1 Christmas annual scrapbook by George Moore and others, galley proofs with handwritten corrections and printed items, 66 pages, undated (1895?). Includes Mildred Lawson (retitled An art student) by Moore. Also includes works by W. L. Alden, Grant Allen, John Manville Fenn, George Gissing, Sarah Grand, Jerome K. Jerome, E. Lynn Linton, F. Frankfort Moore, William Clark Russell, Annie S. Swan, and John Strange Winter.
2.1 The coming of Gabrielle: a comedy, printed book with signed handwritten inscriptions by Moore and Gabrielle Wells and handwritten revisions by Moore, 170 pages, 1920. Number 227 of 1,000 numbered and signed copies, privately printed. Presentation copy from Moore to Wells and from Wells to Jerome Kern. From the Hanley Collection.
2.2 Diarmuid and Grania, a play in three acts by Moore and William Butler Yeats, carbon typescript with handwritten revisions, 88 pages, circa 1901.
2.3 Diarmuid and Grania; a play in three acts by Moore and William Butler Yeats, carbon typescript with handwritten revisions and typed carbon copy paste-ins, 116 pages bound, circa 1901.
1.1 Elizabeth Cooper, page proofs with handwritten corrections, 117 pages, 2-3 December 1904. One of three copies published. Included with this: 2 TLS Edwin Gilcher, one to M. L. Magee, the other to Mrs. Magee, re this book, 23 July 1951 and 11 June 1962.
2.4 Esther Waters, handwritten manuscript / incomplete with extensive revisions, 55 pages, undated.
1.1 Esther Waters: chapter XXV, handwritten manuscript / incomplete with revisions, 36 pages, undated.
Fragments from Héloïse and Abélard, typescript / preface with typed carbon copy manuscript, 2 pages each; galley proof / fragments, 4 pages; 1921. Included with this: printed announcement (2 copies) and miscellaneous newspaper reviews sent to publisher Laurie.
2.5-3.2 Héloïse and Abélard, signed typescript with extensive handwritten revisions, approximately 774 pages, undated. From the Hanley Collection.
3.3 Impressions and opinions, printed book with handwritten corrections and emendations, 346 pages, 1891. Inscribed to H. V. Barnett, 14 April 1891. From the Hanley Collection.
4.1 Memoirs of my dead life, signed page proofs with extensive author corrections, 290 pages bound, 1921. Proof pages are laid in a printed order form for limited edition published by Heinemann. Inscribed at end: "Proof sheets of the new and final edition of memoirs revised and corrected by me, July 1921, George Moore." Included with this: three additional printed order forms. In case with bookplate of Jerome Kern. From the Hanley Collection.
4.2-3 Mildred Lawson, typescript with handwritten revisions, 315 pages, undated.
gf 2 Mildred Lawson, 2 galley proofs / incomplete with handwritten emendations and corrections, 24 pages; undated.
4.4 A story-teller's holiday, printed book with handwritten revisions, 355 pages, 1918. Number 242 of 1000 privately printed and signed copies. From the Hanley Collection.


5.1 ALS to unidentified recipient, undated.
ALS to unidentified recipient, 31 December 1886.
ALS / mutilated to unidentified recipient, 20 May 1892.
2 TLS to unidentified recipient, 20 June and 13 December 1913.
ALS to unidentified recipient, 30 January 1921.
TLS to unidentified recipient, 28 August 1925.
TccLS to unidentified recipient, 25 January 1932. Written on this: TLI to Magee, William Kirkpatrick; signed and initialed by secretary.
ALS to unidentified recipient re Terre d'Irlande, undated.
5.2 ALS to the editor of The Academy, undated. Letterhead: Dana Publishing Offices.
19 TL / copies to Best, Richard Irvine, 1917-1932.
3 TL / copies / incomplete, 17 TL / copies to Boyd, Ernest A., 1914-1917, undated.
5.3 ALS to Clark, Barrett Harper, 20 April 1922.
TccLS to Cunard, Maud Alice Burke, 1 March 1928. Signed for Moore by secretary.
TL / copy / incomplete to Cunard, Lady, 14 October 1932. Removed from TEMP M783he 1921 HRC vol. 2 copy 5.
10 TccL / copies to Dujardin, Edouard, 1888-1906. Written in French.
5.4 Letters from George Moore to Edward Dujardin, 1886-1922, page proofs, 118 pages, 1928. Titled Comedy and distress by Helene Mullins.
5.3 TLS to Freeman, John, 13 December 1927. Removed from 60-2164.
5.5 TLS to Gogarty, Oliver St. John, 6 November 1919.
TLS to Gooden, Stephen, 28 November 1932. Removed from 60-121.
TLS to Gooden, Stephen, Mrs., 20 July 1929. Removed from 60-127.
5.5 3 ALS to Gosse, Edmund William, Sir, undated.
5.5 2 ALS / copies to Gosse, Edmund William, Mrs., 22 November 1895, 4 July 1896.
ALS / copy to Gosse, Philip, 22 May 1924.
5 ALS to secretary Gough, Miss, undated.
ALS to Hammersley, Hugh, undated.
5 ALS to Hammersley, Hugh, Mrs., undated.
TLS to Harris, Frank re Oscar Wilde, 21 October 1916.
TLS to Harris, Frank, 15 August 1921.
ALS to Heinemann, William, 4 August no year. Removed from TEMP M783 G5 1906 HRC copy 6.
TLS to Hinkson, Katharine Tynan, 24 February 1904.
9 TL / extracts to Hunter, Mary, undated.
9 TL / copies with handwritten annotations to Hunter, Mary, 1918-1924.
5.6 TL / copy to Jeffers, Mrs., 29 November 1922.
ALS, TLS to Kelly, Gerald Festus, Sir, 17 January no year and 17 August 1916.
ALS to Lane, John, 20 November no year. Removed from PZ 3 D742 Pl 1894 HRC FEG.
4 ALS to Lanza, Clara, 1889-1890.
4 TL / copies to Lanza, Clara Hammond, 1889-1890, undated. TL / copies of letters included.
6 ALS, 13 TLS to Laurie, Thomas Werner, 1912-1923, undated. Enclosed with this: 2 ALS secretary M. Kingdon to Laurie, 12 September and 22 October 1921; one ALS accompanies TccL from Moore to Dunedin Press, Ltd., 22 October 1921.
TccL to Lawrence, David Herbert, 22 January 1918.
5.8-6.11 249 ALS, AL / incomplete, 285 TLS, 3 TL, APCS to Magee, William Kirkpatrick, 1905-1933.
5.7 TLS to Moeller, Philip, 21 June 1929.
ALS to Nesbitt, Cathleen, undated.
ALS to secretary Palmer, Miss, undated.
6.12 ALS to Pinker (J. B.) and Sons, 16 January no year. Written on this: ANS. Attached to this: memorandum of agreement between Moore and Boni and Liveright, carbon typescript with handwritten notations, 2 pages, 27 May 1921. TN with handwritten notations to Horace Liveright, undated.
11 ALS to Pinker (J. B.) and Sons, 22 October 1922, undated.
ALS to Pinker (J. B.) and Sons, 19 June 1926. Enclosed with this: TccL / copy from Moore to Macmillan Co. re The brook Kerith, 19 June 1926.
16 ALS, 17 TLS TccLS to Pinker (J. B.) and Sons re relations with his publisher Horace Liveright, 1923-1927, undated.
5.7 ALS to Richards, Grant, undated.
6 ALS to Robins, Elizabeth, 5 November and 5 December 1897, undated.
ALS to Smith, _____, undated.
TLS to Smith, T. R., 16 November 1915.
TL / copy to Somerville, Mary, 31 August 1924.
ALS to Stone, Melville E., Jr., 8 October 1900. Tipped in: The bending of the bough; also 2 pages of corrected proof for the English edition. See PR 5042 B4 1900 HRC.
5.7 2 ALS, TLS, APCS to Symons, Alphonse James Albert, 2 July and 28 August 1930, undated.
6.13 14 ALS, 9 TLS to Tonks, Henry, 1926-1932, undated.
TLS to Vance, James A, 7 June 1929.
ALS to Warville, Clara, 21 April no year.
8 TL / copies to Williamson, Phyllis, 1915-1925. Written on these: handwritten notations by various individuals.
10 TL / extracts to Williamson, Phyllis, 1915-1927. Written on these: handwritten notations by various individuals.
ALS to Wortley, Stuart, Mrs., undated. Removed from AC-L M783mo 1898.
6.14 8 ALS, 5 TLS to Woulfe, Honor E., 1908-1932, undated.
6.13 ALS to Woulfe, Honor E., 5 January 1925. Includes photocopy.


6.15 Unidentified author Leah. 19 ALS to Moore, 1924-1925.
6.16 Boni and Liveright, Inc. 2 TLS Horace B. Liveright and 2 TL / copies to Moore, 1922.
Gosse, Edmund William, Sir, 1849-1928. 10 ALS to Moore, 1915-1926.
7.1 Hoenstadt, Gabrielle von. 21 TL / copies to Moore, undated. Included with these: ANI and 3 TN by Joseph Maunsell Hone, undated.
6.16 Main, R. D. TL / copy to Moore, 10 March 1921.
Tree, Herbert Beerbohm, Sir, 1853-1917. TLS to Moore, 19 April 1913.


7.2 Argyll, Niall Diarmid Campbell, 10th duke of, 1872-1949. ALS to Douglas, London MacQueen, 21 February 1916.
7.3 Balderston, John Lloyd, 1889- . The dusk of the gods: a converstion on art with George Moore, typescript with handwritten revisions by Moore, spring 1916. From the Hanley Collection.
7.2 Boni & Liveright, Inc. TLS Horace B. Liveright to Warburton, Thomas re Memoirs of my dead life, 26 April 1921.
Geary, Montgomerie William Nevill, Sir, 1859-1944. Untitled memoir on George Moore, signed typescript with handwritten revisions, 14 pages, undated.
Graves, Clotilde Inez Mary, 1863-1932. ALS Richard Dehan (pseud.) to Laurie, Thomas Werner, 8 November 1917.
Heinemann (William) Publishers. TLS to Delahunty, P. V. re Memoirs of my dead life, 8 June 1921.
Heinemann (William) Publishers. TLS to Warburton, Thomas re Memoirs of my dead life, 15 March 1921.
Hone, Joseph Maunsell, 1882-1959. 2 ALS to Woulfe, Honor E., 23 July 1934, 10 March 1936.
Inge, William Ralph, 1860-1954. ALS to Laurie, Thomas Werner, 11 September no year.
Keeves, W. A. ALS to Magee, W. K. re Moore, undated.
Liveright (Horace) Publisher. TFLS Julian Messner to Limited Edition subscribers re A Story teller's holiday by Moore, 19 November 1928.
Mackenzie, C. F. TLS to Pinker (J. B.) and Sons, 7 April 1922.
Medley, C. D. ALS to Magee, William Kirkpatrick re Moore's death, 21 January 1933.
Morgan, Charles, 1894- . To George Moore on his eightieth birthday, handwritten manuscript / draft, 1 page; typescript, 2 pages; 24 February 1932.
Moore, George, 1852-1933:
7.4 The coming of Gabrielle: memorandum of agreement with T. Werner Laurie, carbon typescript, 1 page, 13 December 1920.
Héloïse and Abélard: financial records, handwritten manuscript / accounts in unidentified hand, 3 pages, 4 June-25 November 1921.
Héloïse and Abélard: memoranda of agreement with T. Werner Laurie and Liveright, carbon typescript, 5 items, 1920-1921. Related correspondence with Laurie and Stooke-Vaughn included.
Miscellaneous re business matters with T. Werner Laurie, 4 handwritten and typed items, 1916-1923.
Note re revision of sentence for correct emphasis, TNI, 1 page, undated.
7.2 Moore, Maurice. 2 ALS to Woulfe, Honor E., 3 March 1933, 10 March 1936.
Noyes, Alfred, 1880-1958. ALS to Laurie, Thomas Werner, 24 October 1921.
7.5 Pain, Barry Eric Odell, 1864-1928. 2 ALS to Laurie, Thomas Werner, 17 November 1915, 13 November 1923.
Shiel, Matthew Phipps, 1865-1947. ALS to Laurie, Thomas Werner, 30 October 1929.
Squire, John Collings, Sir, 1884-1958. Obituary of George Moore, newspaper clipping, 1 item, 23 January 1933.
Stacpoole, Henry de Vere, 1863-1951. 3 ALS to Laurie, Thomas Werner, 1915-1917.
Stockley, Cynthia. ALS to Laurie, Thomas Werner, 7 November 1919. Includes TccL / copy.
Thomson-Walker, John, Sir. George Moore; notes on his last illness, signed carbon typescript with few handwritten corrections, 12 pages, undated. Inscribed to Henry Tonks, 16 January 1936.
Woulfe, Honor E. George Moore and the amenities, typescript, 20 pages, undated.
Woulfe, Honor E. George Moore and the amenities, typescript with handwritten corrections, 18 pages, undated.

Explanatory Note Concerning Manuscript Collections Cataloged in the Card Catalog

Prior to 1990 when archival cataloging procedures were adopted at the Ransom Center, all manuscript collections were described in a card catalog.

Organization of Collections:

Manuscripts for each author collection were organized into four categories:

  • Works: manuscripts by the author, arranged alphabetically by title;
  • Letters: the author's outgoing correspondence, arranged alphabetically by recipient name;
  • Recipient: the author's incoming correspondence, arranged alphabetically by the author of the letter; and
  • Miscellaneous: all other manuscripts and correspondence, arranged alphabetically by creator.

Materials that did not fit into these categories, such as art, photographs, books, and near-print materials such as newspaper clippings, were dispersed to other Ransom Center collections for cataloging and storage.

Abbreviations Used in Descriptions:

The symbols below were used in combinations. For example ALS means autograph letter signed; Tccms means typed carbon copy manuscript, etc.

  • A = autograph (i.e., handwritten)
  • T = typed
  • S = signed
  • I = initialed
  • Ms = manuscript
  • Mss = manuscripts
  • L = letter
  • FL = form letter
  • N = note
  • D = document
  • C = card
  • PC = post card
  • cc = carbon copy
  • p = page
  • pp = pages
  • l = leaf
  • ll = leaves
  • nd = no date
  • inc d = incomplete date