Gerald Moore (scholar)

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For the pianist, see Gerald Moore.
For the American journalist, see Gerald Moore (journalist).

Gerald Moore (born 1924) is an independent scholar living in Worthing, England.[1] He was educated at Emmanuel College, Cambridge.[2] He has taught at many universities, including Sussex, Hong Kong, Makerere, Ife, Port Harcourt, Jos and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His last teaching post was at Trieste. He is primarily a scholar of contemporary African anglophone and francophone poetry. With Ulli Beier, he edited the influential Penguin Book of Modern African Poetry, a comprehensive anthology.[2]

Major works[edit]

  • Seven African Writers. London: Oxford University Press, 1962.
  • Modern Poetry from Africa (ed. with Ulli Beier). Hammondsworth: Penguin, 1963. Revised as The Penguin Book of Modern African Poetry, 4th ed., 1999.
  • African Literature and the Universities. Ibadan: Ibadan University Press (for Congress for Cultural Freedom, 1965.
  • The Chosen Tongue: English Writing in the Tropical World. Harlow: Longmans, 1969.
  • Wole Soyinka. London: Evans Brothers, 1971.
  • Twelve African Writers. London: Hutchinson, 1980 (University Library for Africa).

As translator:

  • Beti, Mongo. The Poor Christ of Bomba. Long Grove, Illinois: Waveland, 2005.
  • Beti, Mongo. Remember Ruben. Heinemann, London, 1980
  • Tchicaya U Tam'si. Selected Poems. Heinemann, London, 1970
  • Lopes, Henri. The Laughing Cry. Readers International, London, 1987


  1. ^ Moore, Gerald (2002). "Senghor: Poet of Night". Research in African Literatures. 33 (4): 51–59. doi:10.1353/ral.2002.0117. 
  2. ^ a b Gerald Moore and Ulli Beier, ed. (1998). The Penguin Book of Modern African Poetry. London and New York: Penguin.