Timeline of Ruth Moore's Life

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Ruth Moore and Eleanor Mayo

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1903

1925

1926

1930

1940

1942

1943

1946

1947

1981

Ruth Moore is born on Gotts Island, Maine (pictured on right), to Philip and Lovina Moore.

Ruth graduates from the State Teacher's College in Albany, NY, with a degree in English.

Ruth begins 4-year career working as secretary for NAACP founder Mary White Ovington.

Travels to the South as an NAACP investigator and successfully unearths evidence leading to the release of two black men falsely accused of murder.

Moore's sister, Esther Trask, introduces her to Eleanor Mayo. They move to California and return to the East Coast a year later. 

Moore becomes an editor at Reader's Digest.

Moore publishes The Weir as her first book, which meets with instant critical success.

Spoonhandle is published. Over 1 million copies of Spoonhandle are sold and soon it is made into the movie Deep Waters.

Moore and Mayo return to Maine and build a house Bass Harbor with the help of Mayo's father.

Eleanor Mayo dies.

1989

Ruth Moore dies.

1990

The Tired Apple Tree, Moore's final book, is published posthumously.

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Gott's Island

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Ruth Moore, 1949