Room 26 Cabinet of Curiosities

Marianne’s Dressing

Posted in Beinecke Library, Yale Collection of American Literature by beineckepoetry on March 18, 2010

A recipe/letter from Marianne Moore to George Platt Lynes, ca. 1940s.

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  1. John Latta said, on March 18, 2010 at 6:56 pm

    In France, that’s called la mayonnaise.

  2. moore123 said, on April 11, 2010 at 8:50 pm

    When Donald Hall reports on Moore’s serving him lunch at her Brooklyn Apartment, one wonders about the high style suggested by her mayonnaise recipe:

    “Lunch was extraordinary! On a tray she placed three tiny paper cups and a plate. One of the cups contained about two teaspoons of V-8 juice. Another had about eight raisins in it, and the other five and a half Spanish peanuts. On the plate was a mound of Fritos, and when she passed them to me she said, I like Fritos. They’re so good for you, you know.”

    From: Their Ancient Glittering Eyes: Remembering Poets and More Poets. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1992, p. 165.


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