Marianne Moore, by Michael Alexander Werboff, 1968.
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A gray-haired woman standing, wears a blue dress, black cape, and hood cover over some of her hair.

Credit: National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of The Lu Shan Foundation, Inc.

Self-deprecating about her looks—she once described herself as “all bone, just solid, pure bone [and] hideous as an old hoptoad,” Marianne Moore in her later years became a literary celebrity, appearing at chic parties, fashion shows, concerts, and sporting events in her trademark tricorne hat and cape.

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