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Aubertine Woodward Moore 1841 ~ 1929


Musical critic, translator, and lecturer. Was born September 27, 1841, near Philadelphia. She wrote under the pen name of "Aubertine Forestier." She contributed articles to the Philadelphia papers on the resources of California, and published translations of several novels from the German. Also translations of music and original songs.

In 1877 she published "Echoes from Mist-Land," or more fully "The Nibelungen Lay Revealed to Lovers of Romance and Chivalry," which is a prose version of the famous poem, and was the first American translation of that work which received favorable comment, not only in this country but in England and Germany.

She is a well-known Scandinavian translator and is a pioneer in the translation of the Norway Music Album, a valuable collection of Norwegian folk-lore songs, dances, national airs and compositions for the piano.

In December, 1887, she became the wife of Samuel H. Moore. Mrs. Moore is considered an authority on the musical history and literature of the Scandinavians, and a collection of her writings in that field would form the most valuable compendium of Scandinavian lore to be found in the English language. She has done valuable work in making Americans familiar with Norwegian literature and music.

She has been invited to give evenings on this subject before the various clubs of this country, notably the Sorosis, of New York, and the Woman's Club, of Boston. She is unexcelled as a translator of the poetry of the Norwegian, French, and German writers, and her translation of Goethe's "Erl King" has been considered the finest ever made.

Women of America

Source: The Part Taken by Women in American History, By Mrs. John A. Logan, Published by The Perry-Nalle Publishing Company, Wilmington, Delaware, 1912.


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