George Moore was an Irish novelist, short story writer, poet, art
critic, memoirist and dramatist. Moore came from a Roman Catholic
landed family, originally intended to be an artist, and studied art in
Paris during the 1870s. Here he befriended many of the leading French
artists and writers of the day. As a writer, he was amongst the first
English language authors to absorb the lessons of the French realists,
being particularly influenced by the works of Ã‰mile Zola. He was also
a key figure in the Celtic Revival. His short stories influenced the
early writings of James Joyce. Although a number of his books remain
in print, Moore's work remains somewhat outside the mainstream of both
Irish and British literature; he founded no school or movement and has
had few, if any followers.
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Today's selected anniversaries:
– The Kingdom of Poland and the Grand Duchy of Lithuania defeated the
Teutonic Knights in the Battle of Grunwald.
– James Scott, Duke of Monmouth, was executed for his role in the
– French soldiers uncovered the Rosetta Stone in the Egyptian port
city of Rashid.
– The Pike expedition, led by Zebulon Pike to explore the Louisiana
Territory, began near St. Louis, Missouri.
– Archbishop Makarios, President of Cyprus, was overthrown in a coup
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