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North Ireland, Canada and the United States.
That throughout his extended career he has reflected a far less visible profile than many of his colleagues in these countries can be attributed in part to his personal choice of living a private and somewhat secluded existence, and in part to the fact that in most of his novels to date, from Judith Hearne to Black Robeand with the exception of The Revolution Scripthe has tended to avoid the momentarily popular issues, or the social and political causes that have attracted many writers and readers in the post-war period.
A highly individualistic writer, Moore is never easy to categorize, least of all in national terms: Artistically, too, he has very much gone his own way, for though he does from time to time demonstrate an interest in fictional experimentation, he is not easy to link with any of the groups of writers who have emerged since mid-century.
In the fullest and the non-pejorative sense of the term, he is basically a realistic writer, whose integrity and solid craftsmanship have done much to redeem that approach, a writer who sees the novel both as a viable art form, and as a significant moral force that can help readers shape their vision and their responses to complex human dilemmas.
His father, a successful surgeon, University examiner and head of a Catholic hospital, Moore remembers as a man who could not tolerate failure, and who believed strongly in the necessity of educating oneself for a traditional career. It was in their respective attitudes towards the lingering Irish question and the ominously changing scene on the European continent that the two differed most radically.
Through Joyce in particular he came to the realization that life in parochial Ireland was ultimately not bearable, and in a sense, therefore, he came intellectually to an acceptance of the permanent division between himself and the many forces that had been working to shape him.
Within this perspective, World War II and its immediate aftermath constituted the occasion for his literal break from these forces, and he received his baptism of fire in his service with the Belfast Air Raid Precautions Unit and the National Fire Service during the German blitzes that began in April of Immediately after the war he served with an UNRRA Economic Mission during the reconstruction of Warsaw, and then as a roving correspondent in Scandinavia before returning to England at the end of Even the triumphant Gavin Burke of The Emperor of Ice-Cream finds his victory tempered by misgivings, while the older protagonists in An Answer from Limbo and Fergus, and in such short stories as "Grieve for the Dear Departed" and "Uncle T", feel even more intensely the human and moral consequences of what a severance from the homeland involves.
Incidentally, it is only The Emperor of Ice-Cream, of all his serious fiction, that specifically exploits actual events of this war time period, though Moore drew on his varied experiences of this decade for some of the pulp stories and novels he wrote at the outset of his career.
But it was his commitment to a permanent state of exile that was the most important consequence of this period of his life, for throughout his fiction its ramifications constitute a central aspect.
The situations they find themselves in are characteristically more complex than what they initially had anticipated, and feelings of guilt contend with those of freedom to make their moral position somewhat equivocal. He emigrated to Canada inworking first as a construction camp clerk at Thessalon, Ontario, and then as a proofreader and reporter for the Montreal Gazette, experiences he was successfully to exploit in The Luck of Ginger Coffey.
He married his first wife, Jacqueline Sirois, inpublished his first short story and two pulp novels that same year, and took out his Canadian citizenship inwhich he holds to this day.
He has continued to live the life of an exile, however, moving from Montreal to New York into California inand spending portions of each year in Canada and various parts of Europe.
But California, as it has for so many wanderers, has become a good place for Moore to live, and he has remained in Malibu since the middle s with his second wife, Jean Denney of Kentville, Nova Scotia, whom he married in Aside from his early pulp fiction seven novels and some twenty short stories he has published twenty novels, a documentary novel on the Quebec FLQ crisis The Revolution Script,a book on Canada for the Time-Life Seriesa dozen or so quality short stories, stage and screen versions of some of his own novels, and film and television scripts for Hollywood, the American Home Box Office and French National Television.
Though he has not consistently pursued the short story form, he has produced several of exceptional quality, like "Grieve for the Dear Departed"and "Uncle T"the latter of which, along with "Preliminary Pages for a Work of Revenge" was included in a privately printed limited edition of Two Stories Santa Susana Press, As in his novels, the settings of his short stories range from Belfast and Dublin in the Old World to Montreal and New York in the New, and they deal with such familiar Moore characters and issues as losers, grotesques, betrayals, failures, hate and pride within families and nations.
But it is as a novelist that Moore demands to be examined, for it is in this capacity that he has established his reputation among contemporary writers. Manifestations of his Irish background keep recurring in his fiction, and it is in only four of his more experimental or metaphysically disturbing North American novels - I Am Mary Dunne, The Great Victorian Collection, Cold Heaven and Black Robe - that this element is missing.
But in all of his fiction his protagonists, whether Irish or North American, men or women, secular or religious, are essentially isolated and sometimes quite desperate individuals attempting to resolve dilemmas that in many cases derive from weaknesses within themselves, but that almost always are also connected to pressures exerted by family, by religion or by the demands of society at large.
Judith Hearne and Diarmuid Devine are unquestionably the victims of the determinism that informs Belfast, but they are not without guilt themselves: Moore is never to come so close again to an expression of a deterministic interpretation of experience, though Judith and Devine are far more than objectively observed organisms in an indifferent world.
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