Was the Famed Poet Marianne Moore Hired to Name the Car That Would Ultimately be Known as the Edsel?
Here is the latest in a series of examinations into urban legends related to poetry and poets and whether they are true or false.
POETRY URBAN LEGEND: Marianne Moore was asked to come up with a name for the brand of car that eventually became known as the Edsel.
Marianne Moore was one of the most acclaimed Modernist poets of the 20th Century, with a Pulitzer Prize and a National Book Award on her mantelpiece.
A darling of the New York literary circle, Moore branched out into other areas, as well, particularly the sports world.
Moore was a major supporter of the New York Yankees, and even threw out of the first pitch for the 1968 season (she had a stroke later that year, and would pass away in 1972 after a series of strokes).
She also was a big fan of Muhammad Ali, even writing the liner notes to his spoken word album, I Am The Greatest…
But perhaps the oddest area where Moore lent her services was as an auto marketer!!
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