Moore, who served with the U. S. Eigth Army Air force before earning his BA from Reed, MA from Harvard, and PhD from Columbia, enjoyed a special interest in Irish literature. He attended the very first Yeats International Summer School in 1960 in Sligo, Ireland, and served as the president of the American Committee for Irish Studies. He taught for twenty-eight years at Hollins College in Roanoke.
He was first published in the Sewanee Review in the Autumn 1968 issue, appearing with an essay on Yeats’s “Player Queen.” In 1971 he published Masks of Love and Death, a book about Yeats’s drama. His essays, reviews, and poetry were a constant feature of the Sewanee Review, and will be greatly missed.