Leonard Moore (literary agent)

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Leonard Parker Moore (died January 1959[1]) was a literary agent.

A partner of Christy & Moore[2] and of the Lecture Agency, Ltd.,[3] his clients included George Orwell (from 1932 to 1950[1]), Gordon Campbell,[3] Mary Butts,[4] Georgette Heyer[5] (for nearly 30 years from 1922[6]), Carola Oman,[6] Marco Pallis,[6] Catherine Cookson,[6] Jane Mander,[7] Ruby M. Ayres,[8] Gareth Jones,[9] Wilfred Grenfell,[10] and Ruth Collie.[11]

Injured in the leg in the First World War,[3] Moore worked as a journalist before becoming a literary agent.[6] He was the brother of the novelist Henry Moore.[6]


It was in a letter to Moore, in November 1932, regarding the future publication of Down and Out in Paris and London, that Eric Blair first came up with the pseudonym "George Orwell".[1]

According to the historian Daniel J. Leab, some 500 of Orwell's letters to his agent have survived, of which nearly 100 were acquired by the Lilly Library in 1959.[12]


  1. ^ a b c Davison, Peter and Peter Clarke (2001) Orwell and the Dispossessed. Penguin UK At Google Books. Retrieved 2 June 2013.
  2. ^ Davison, Peter (2010) The Orwell Diaries. Penguin UK At Google Books. Retrieved 2 June 2013.
  3. ^ a b c Campbell, Gordon (2002) Life of a Q-Ship Captain, p. 303. Periscope Publishing Ltd. At Google Books. Retrieved 2 June 2013.
  4. ^ Foy, Roslyn Reso (2000) Ritual, Myth, and Mysticism in the Works of Mary Butts: Between Feminism and Modernism, p. 118. University of Arkansas Press At Google Books. Retrieved 2 June 2013.
  5. ^ "Barbara Cartland stole plots, rival author alleged in furious letters" The Guardian. Retrieved 2 June 2013.
  6. ^ a b c d e f Kloester, Jennifer (2011) Georgette Heyer, p. 58. Random House At Google Books. Retrieved 2 June 2013.
  7. ^ Steer, Philip (2007) "Jane Mander, 1877–1949" in Kōtare: New Zealand Notes and Queries Vol. 7, No. 1, p. 45. Kōtare: New Zealand Notes and Queries. Retrieved 2 June 2013.
  8. ^ "Guide to the Letters of Ruby M. Ayres, 1921 - 1923" Dartmouth College. Retrieved 2 June 2013.
  9. ^ "Was Gareth Jones's surname behind George Orwell’s naming of ‘Farmer Jones' in Animal Farm?" Archived 2013-06-18 at the Wayback Machine Retrieved 2 June 2013.
  10. ^ Rompkey, R. (1985) "Elements of Spiritual Autobiography in Sir Wilfred Grenfell's A Labrador Doctor" in Newfoundland and Labrador Studies, Vol 1, No 1, p. 21. Retrieved 2 June 2013.
  11. ^ "Ruth Collie" Simon Fraser University. Retrieved 2 June 2013.
  12. ^ "George Orwell: An Exhibition from the Collection of Daniel J. Leab," Brown University, Fall 1997. Retrieved on 4 June 2013.


  • Shelden, Michael (ed.) George Orwell: Ten Animal Farm Letters to His Agent, Leonard Moore (1984)