Remembered for such influential modernist works as Esther Waters and Confessions of a Young Man, this Irish fiction writer, poet, and memoirist was associated with the Celtic Revival and infused his literary work with elements of French realism.
Originally wishing to pursue a career in visual art, he briefly studied at both the South Kensington Museum's School of Art and the Académie Jullian. His debut, three-volume novel, A Modern Lover, was published in 1883; several years earlier, he had written his first collection of poems, The Flowers of Passion.
He was inspired by the work of late nineteenth-century French naturalist writer Emile Zola.
He grew up in County Mayo, Ireland, as the son of politician George Henry Moore.
His literary work influenced that of fellow Irish modernist writer James Joyce.