was born in Manhattan in 1946; she lived in the Southeast Bronx until she was 9 and then moved to Kew Gardens, Queens. She attended New York City public schools (61, 99, and 191), and Queens College (CUNY) where she graduated with a B.A. in English, Summa Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa. She also spent a year in a program of study abroad at Leeds University which was partly paid for by a Chancellor's Scholarship. While in Leeds she met and married her husband, Jim. For her Ph.D. in English Literature she attended CUNY's Graduate School, and majored in Renaissance and 18th century literature. It was then she taught herself to read French and Italian. During these years, Jim was doing a Ph.D. in Math at Columbia University. They lived in Manhattan together for some 11 years, 9 of it right below the large hill on which the Cloisters sits. They moved to Alexandria, Virginia, in 1980, where they have lived ever since. In 1983 they were lucky enough to find and rent, and then, in 1986, buy a small private house in a neighborhood where there are many trees, much green grass, lots of flowers and rows of flowering trees. Since the houses are low and the streets between the sidewalks very wide and their house is on a hill, they can see a wide blue sky overhead. It is a peaceful and quiet block.
the Net (published by the Hambledon Press and Trollope
Society) interweaves scholarly essays of Trollope's life
and work with a series of
conversations centred on novels by Trollope which she discussed with groups of people on literary lists. The essay chapters are
on Trollope's Irish novels, his short novels, the
illustrations to his novels, and his Autobiography and reputation.
For her publications and other professional details, see her Résumé. For a paper on how she came to make this website, see her Freedom of the Press Belongs to the Woman Who Owns One. She and Jim have a blog, and she keeps 4 galleries of pictures, which have appeared on the blog. For an explanation of the playful pseudonyms she uses on the blog, see A Playful Pseudonymous Blog. Laura and Isobel have blogs too, and we now have pictures of ourselves, South Park style.
Ellen Moody has been teaching as a
lecturer in various English Departments at senior colleges
on the East Coast for a span of time which crosses thirty years. Between
1972 and 1976 she taught first at Brooklyn College and then at Queens
College of the City University of New York. She
was able to cease teaching in the later 1970's because
she won a couple of awards, including an American
University of Women scholarship. She began teaching
again in 1986 at The American University in Washington, D.C. From 1986 to 1988 she taught freshman composition and introductory literature courses at AU and also taught advanced
literature courses for the Northern Regional Center
of the University of Virginia. In 1989 while at
the American Univerisity, she began teaching for
the English Department of George Mason University. She ceased
teaching at The American University at the end of 1991,
but carried on at George Mason University where she teaches an array of general educational courses (introductory literature courses, thematic literature courses, and junior level composition directed to specific disciplines, e.g., the humanities and natural sciences and applied technologies).
Ellen and Jim Moody have been married more than thirty-five years, and they have two daughters, Laura, born 1978, and Isobel, born 1984. Laura graduated as a theatre major from George Mason University; she won the department prize the year she graduated; she is now working as a lighting technician. Isobel attended Sweet Briar College where she majored in music and minored in Latin; she will be going to the University of Buffalo in a masters program to become a librarian.
Very recently Isobel sang splendidly in her senior recital; Laura and her companion, Rob, came for the occasion and drove through the Shenandoah Valley, a short holiday, and the day after Isobel's recital, Sweet Briar had a May day celebration. And then she graduated.
Here is a poem to Jim by one of his colleagues upon his retirement:
A Tribute to Jim Moody
(with apologies to Rudyard Kipling and the entire British Empire)
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My mother, aged around 58, Ellen, aged around 34, Laura, around 2 in my parents' NYC apartment
Jim's mother (Grace Moody), Ellen, Laura, and Isabel, 1984, standing in front of our house
Ellen's father (William Garbus), Jim, Ellen, Laura, and Isabel, 1986, at the Cloisters (NYC, upper Manhattan)
Laura, and Isabel, 1990, front yard looking out at neighborhood where we still live in Alexandria
Laura's high school graduation, 1996
Izzy and Ian, our boy cat, three years ago
Clary, our girl cat wandering amid the bookshelves, ditto
Summer Day, 2011, Laura eating and carrying ice cream for friend
Me this January 2012, Clary and Ian