“Study of a Nude” was completed between the years 2005-2007, the duration of Moore’s affair with Paul Whitten. This Critical Edition of “Study of a Nude” is the first fully collected text to be published since the novel first appeared in print as an unpublished printed manuscript in May of 2006. “Backgrounds and Contexts” includes a selection of Moore’s school assignments to provide a window into her life before and during the writing of her novel. Moore’s previously unpublished poem “tudy of a ude” is the work that started the novel and is included here. Also included is a previously unpublished interview with Paul Whitten that goes into detail about his life and career as of 2002. “Criticism” offers a wide range of commentary that center on the novel’s major themes of morality, allegory, and self-alienation. Commentaries on Whitten’s art and life are included as well as Moore’s use of narrative, fanfiction and footnotes as literary device.