1852      Born on 24 February, as the eldest son of George Henry Moore, radical MP and landowner, of Moore Hall, Lough Carra, County Mayo, in Ireland.

1861-8       Young George is sent to his father's old Catholic school, St. Mary's College, Oscott near Birmingham, where he is rather a backward pupil.

1864       Contracts lung infection and spends most of the year at home.

1865       Returns to Oscott College with his younger brother Maurice.

1867       George is expelled from Oscott College for “idleness and general worthlessness” and is intended for the English army, despite his father's Fenian sympathies.

1868       George's father closes racing stables, and is re-elected to Parliament as one of the members for Mayo. Family moves to London, shutting up Moore Hall.

1870       Father dies.

1873-1880       George Moore studies art in Paris.

1874       Returns to London and rents a studio in Cromwell Mews. Publishes privately his first play, Worldliness: A Comedy in Three Acts. No copies of this play have been preserved.

1875       Moore moves to Paris again to live a bohemian life. He is a regular visitor of the Café de la Nouvelle-Athenes, an artists' bistro, in the Place Pigalle, where he meets Camille Pissarro, Edgar Degas and Edouard Manet, who made several of portraits of him.

1878       Publishes Flowers of Passion, an imitative collection of verse.

1879       Publishes Martin Luther: A Tragedy in Five Acts.

1880       The Spectator publishes several of Moore's reviews and poems. Returns to Ireland to pay debts incurred on the family estate.

1881       Publishes another imitative collection of verse,Pagan Poems. Moore is summoned to Moore Hall because of Land League troubles.

1882       Publishes his first short story, “Under the Fan” in Tinsley's Magazine.

1883       Publishes his first novel,A Modern Lover.

1885       Publishes his second novel,A Mummer's Wife, which was not accepted by the circulating libraries, and next an important pamphlet: an attack on the circulating libraries, “Literature at Nurse, Or Circulating Morals: A Polemic on Victorian Censorship,”.

1885-1887       Publishes reviews in the Bat.

1886       Publishes the novel,A Drama in Muslin and a fictionalised autobiography, Confessions of a Young Man. Contributes “Lettres sur l'Irlande” to “Le Figaro.”

1887       Publishes the novel,A Mere Accident and Parnell And His Island (nonfiction), in which he calls Ireland “a land of priests and philistines.”

1889       Moves back to London and rents rooms in the Temple overlooking the Thames. Publishes the novel, Mike Fletcher.

1891       Publishes a collections of articles, Impressions And Opinions, and the novel,Vain Fortune. Attends the Wagner festival at Bayreuth.

1892       George Moore offers Moore Hall to his brother Maurice as a residence for his family.

1893       Publishes a collection of essays on art,Modern Painting.

1894       Publishes Esther Waters

1895       Mother dies at Moore Hall. Publishes a collection of short stories, Celibates.

1897 (July)       Discusses the foundation of the Irish Literary Theatre with William Butler Yeats, Lady Gregory, and Edward Martyn.

1898       Publishes the novel,Evelyn Innes.

1899       The Irish Literary Theatre is founded in Dublin by William Butler Yeats, Lady Gregory, Edward Martyn, and George Moore, who travels to Ireland to watch its first performance, The Countess Cathleen, a drama by William Butler Yeats in blank verse. Visits Bayreuth with his cousin Edward Martyn, the Irish playwright.

1901       Protesting against the Boer waged by England, Moore leaves London and moves to Dublin and takes residence at 4 Upper Ely Place. He devotes himself to the Irish literary revival. The novel Sister Teresa published.

1902       Moore declares himself a Protestant in The Irish Times. The Untilled Field appears in Irish translation under the title of An tUr-Ghort.

1905       Publishes the novel,The Lake.

1906       Publishes Memoirs of My Dead Life .

1909       Visits Moore Hall for the first time since Maurice and his family have occupied it.

1911       George Moore returns to London from Dublin and lives at 121 Ebury Street. Colonel Maurice Moore leaves Moore Hall and establishes his residence in Brussels.

1914       Travels to the Holy Land to research the background and topography for The Brook Kerith.

1915       Muslin, a rewriting of A Drama in Muslin (1886) published.

1916       Publishes The Brook Kerith, about the life and death of Christ.

1917       Publishes Lewis Seymour and Some Women, a revision of A Modern Lover (1883).

1918       Publishes a collection of short stories, A Story-Teller's Holiday.

1920       Publishes The Coming of Gabrielle. A Comedy, a play based on Moore's real-life correspondence with an anonymous Austrian baroness (probably Gabrielle M. VassaL, Countess von Hoenstandt.

1921       Publishes the novel, Héloise and Abélard.

1923       Moore Hall is burnt by republicans. The Apostle, a play based on The Brook Kerith, is published.

1924       Publishes Conversations in Ebury Street and and Peronnik the Fool.

1926       Publishes Ulick and Soracha, a historical romance.

1927       Publishes Celibate Lives.

1933       George More dies of kidney failure in London on 21 January.

1937       The Ebury Edition of Moore's works is published by Heinemann in 20 volumes.


Grubgeld Elizabeth. George Moore and the Autogenous Self. The Autobiographies and Fiction. Syracuse: Syracuse University Press, 1994.

Hone, Joseph. The Life of George Moore. New York: The Macmillan Company, 1936.

Moore, George. Esther Waters. Introduction by David Skilton. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1999.

___. George Moore on Parnassus: Letters (1900-1933) to Secretaries, Publishers, Printers, Agents, Literati, Friends, and Acquaintances. Edited by Helmut E. Gerber and O. M. Brack, Jr. Cranbury, NJ: Associated University Presses, 1988.

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