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Hannah More

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(1745–1833), an eminent member of the Blue Stocking Circle. She published in 1773 The Search for Happiness, a pastoral play for schools, and came to London in 1774, where she ...

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A Dictionary of British History (3 ed.)

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..., Hannah ( 1745–1833 ). One of the best‐known polemicists of her day, Hannah More was born at Stapleton, near Bristol, and joined her sisters in running a school. A poem Sir Eldred was well received ( 1776 ) and her play Percy had a good run at Covent Garden in 1777 , thanks to David Garrick 's support. Her growing evangelical interest was evident in Thoughts on the Importance of the Manners of the Great to General Society ( 1788 ). From her cottage at Cowslip Green, near Blagdon, south of Bristol, she started in the 1790s Sunday schools for the...

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The Oxford Guide to Literary Britain & Ireland (3 ed.)

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..., Hannah ( 1745–1833 ), poet , playwright , and writer of religious tracts: b. Bristol ( Fishponds ); lives in Bristol ; visits London ( Covent Garden : Henrietta St.) 1774 , meets Dr Johnson ( Soho : Leicester Sq.), visits David Garrick ( Adelphi : Adelphi Ter., and Hampton ), visits Walpole ( Twickenham ) 1783 ; lives in Bath , Cowslip Green 1785–1802 ; starts schools in Cheddar 1788 and Blagdon 1795 ; lives in Wrington 1802–28 ; visits ‘The Ladies’ at Llangollen 1811 ; lives in Bristol ( Clifton ) 1828–33 ; buried in Wrington...

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The Concise Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church (3 ed.)

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..., Hannah ( 1745–1833 ), religious writer and philanthropist . Under the influence of W. Wilberforce , she established schools at Cheddar and in the neighbouring villages at a time when schemes of popular education were almost unprecedented; religious teaching was combined with training in spinning. Between 1793 and 1799 she wrote many tracts designed to combat the influence of the French Revolution (collected as Cheap Repository Tracts...

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A Dictionary of Writers and their Works (3 ed.)

..., Hannah ( 1745–1833 ) British poet and author A Search After Happiness ( 1766 ) Poetry Drama The Inflexible Captive ( 1774 ) Poetry Sir Eldred of the Bower, and The Bleeding Rock ( 1776 ) Poetry Essays on Various Subjects ( 1777 ) Non-Fiction Percy ( 1778 ) Drama The Fatal Falsehood ( 1779 ) Drama Sacred Dramas ( 1782 ) Poetry Florio; and The Bas Bleu ( 1786 ) Poetry Slavery ( 1788 ) Poetry Village Politics ( 1793 ) Non-Fiction Coelebs in Search of a Wife ( 1808 ) Fiction Practical Piety ( 1811 ) Non-Fiction Christian Morals ...

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The Oxford Companion to Black British History

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..., Hannah ( 1745–1833 ). Writer and anti‐slavery campaigner. Hannah More first became widely known as a dramatist, with her play Percy proving a great success in 1777 . She later turned to writing on social and religious topics, and had a particular interest in the education of women. She was a long‐term resident of Bristol , and the extensive acquaintance that her literary work brought her included John Newton , Beilby Porteus , and William Wilberforce . In 1788 she published Slavery, a Poem , which, while including traditional Eurocentric...

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The Continuum Encyclopedia of British Philosophy

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...of August: or The Feast of Freedom (1819). The Spirit of Prayer, selected from published volumes (1825). Further Reading Hopkins, M. A. , Hannah More and her Circle (New York, 1947). Jones, M. G. , Hannah More (Cambridge, 1952). Roberts, W. , Memoirs of the Life and Correspondence of Mrs Hannah More , 4 vols (1834). Thompson, H. , Life of Hannah More with Notices of her Sisters (1838). Yonge, C. , Hannah More (Boston, 1888). Marie Mulvey-Roberts See also Education, Philosophy of ; Female Philosophers ; Religion, Philosophy...

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The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church (3 rev. ed.)

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..., Memoirs of the Life and Correspondence of Mrs Hannah More (4 vols., 1834); A. Roberts (ed.), Letters of Hannah More to Zachary Macaulay (1860); selected letters ed. R. Brimley Johnson (London, 1925). Further contemporary Life by H. Thompson ( ibid. , 1838); modern Lives by C. M. Yonge (‘Eminent Women Series’, 1888), M. G. Jones (Cambridge, 1952 , with list of ‘Cheap Repository Tracts’ ascribed to Mrs More, pp. 272 f.), and A. Stott (Oxford, 2003 ). P. Demers , The World of Hannah More (Lexington, Ky. [1996]). F. K. Brown , Fathers of...

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The Oxford Companion to British History (2 ed.)

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..., Hannah ( 1745–1833 ) . One of the best-known and most prolific polemicists of her day, Hannah More was born at Stapleton, near Bristol, and joined her sisters in running a school. She became acquainted with London literary circles and was a particular favourite with Dr Johnson . A poem Sir Eldred was well received ( 1776 ) and her play Percy had a good run at Covent Garden in 1777 , thanks to David Garrick ’s support. Her growing evangelical interest was evident in Thoughts on the Importance of the Manners of the Great to General Society (...

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The Oxford Encyclopedia of British Literature

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2006
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...of Hannah More . Lexington, KY, 1996. Succinct and thoughtful critical biography. Denkin, Ellen . Getting into the Act: Women Playwrights in London, 1776–1829 . London, 1995. Details the careers of women playwrights during the time More was writing her early dramas. Ford, Charles Howard . Hannah More: A Critical Biography . New York, 1996. Critical biography making extensive use of unpublished archival sources. Hopkins, Mary Alden . Hannah More and Her Circle . New York and Toronto, 1947. Early critical biography. Jones, Mary Gwladys . Hannah More ....

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The Oxford Companion to English Literature (7 ed.)

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2009
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... William Wilberforce . More 's Strictures on the Modern System of Female Education (2 vols, 1799 ) appealed to those who found Mary Wollstonecraft 's views too aggressively radical. In 1809 she published a novel, or fictionalized conduct manual, Coelebs in Search of a Wife , a huge commercial success despite the strictures of Sydney Smith in the Edinburgh Review . More's fervent piety ensured a ready audience, but latterly she was seen as a reactionary and from 1820 she withdrew from public life. See A. Stott , Hannah More: The First Victorian ...

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The Oxford Encyclopedia of Children's Literature

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2006
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...Hannah, who already knew French, acquired Spanish, Italian, and additional Latin from visiting masters. In 1762 she published a pastoral drama for schoolchildren. In 1774 she went to London, where she met Samuel Johnson and many of his circle, including David Garrick , whose acting she much admired. Garrick, his wife, and More became great friends; Garrick produced More's play Percy in 1777 and supervised the writing of a second play. After his death in 1779 , More lived from time to time—“twenty winters,” as she later said—with his widow. More...

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The Concise Oxford Companion to English Literature (4 ed.)

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2013
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..., Hannah ( 1745–1833 ) Writer and philanthropist . More came to London in 1774 and became friendly with David Garrick , Edmund Burke , Samuel Johnson , Sir Joshua Reynolds , Thomas Percy , and Elizabeth Montagu , whose Blue Stocking salon she entered in 1775 . Her poem Bas Bleu (written 1782; pub. 1784) vividly describes the conversational charm of Blue Stocking society. Her tragedy Percy was successfully produced by Garrick in 1777 . She was much admired by Horace Walpole , who printed her ballad Bishop Bonner's Ghost at his press at...

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The Oxford Companion to Children's Literature (2 ed.)

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...MORE, Hannah ( 1745–1833 ) Prolific British writer of tracts for the religious and moral education of the working classes. She was the fourth of five daughters of a High Church schoolmaster and received part of her education at a school in Bristol established by her elder sisters and subsequently run by all five More girls. Hannah was regarded as the genius of the family; she read omnivorously in European literature, began to write elegant (if dull) verse, and composed plays for children in the family school. A Search After Happiness , a pastoral...

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An Oxford Companion to the Romantic Age

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2009
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...imitation. The Fatal Falsehood was denounced in 1779 by Hannah *Cowley for plagiarizing Cowley's own tragedy, Albina , and this combined with the death of Garrick to turn More against the stage and the sophistication of London manners. This incident was prophetic of a later contretemps in 1784 between More and Ann *Yearsley , the plebeian woman poet who indignantly threw off More's patronage when More tried to isolate Yearsley from her husband and sons. After 1779 More gave up her stage ambitions and turned to the adaptation of Bible...

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Oxford Dictionary of Quotations (8 ed.)

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...0Hannah Hannah More 1745 – 1833 English writer of tracts and philanthropist For you'll ne'er mend your fortunes, nor help the just cause, By breaking of windows, or breaking of laws. ‘An Address to the Meeting in Spa Fields’ (1817) in H. Thompson Life of Hannah More (1838) appendix, no. 7; see pankhurst breaking of windows breaking of windows breaking of laws He liked those literary cooks Who skim the cream of others' books; And ruin half an author's graces By plucking bon-mots from their places. Florio (1786) pt. 1, l. 123 literary cooks...

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(1745–1833),an eminent member of the Blue Stocking Circle. She published in 1773 The Search for Happiness, a pastoral play for schools, and came to London in 1774, where she became a friend of ...
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An Oxford Companion to the Romantic Age

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2009
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...lives of children. Women's maternal and domestic activities provided necessary services, but offered nothing comparable to the knowledge or education offered by men. This educational approach has been seen as the reason that educated women, including Frances *Burney , Hannah *More , and Maria *Edgeworth , were so extraordinarily docile and dutiful, identifying closely with their fathers, subordinating their work to paternal demands, and sharing their fathers' concern about the need to control female sexuality and disorder. One cannot help wondering...

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An Oxford Companion to the Romantic Age

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2009
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...as commercial booksellers published and priced reading materials to reach all but the very poorest families of unskilled labourers [ see *publishing, 21 ]. Reformers of manners, such as Hannah *More in her *Cheap Repository Tracts , joined this publishing drive, struggling to control the shaping of selves. Such works as Pity's Gift: A Collection of Interesting Tales, to Excite the Compassion of Youth for the Animal Creation: From the Writings of Mr. Pratt , ‘Selected by a Lady’ in 1798 , abounded with ‘exquisite sensibility’ and contributed to its...

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An Oxford Companion to the Romantic Age

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2009
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...character of political and social authority and because it articulated a set of doubts about aristocratic culture and its influence which could be held even by otherwise conservative members of the middle classes. Hence the tendency of loyalist pamphlets, such as those by Hannah *More , to concentrate on the virtues of the industrious middle classes, rather than on defending aristocratic privilege. The paper war of the 1790s is important not simply for the issues it raised but also because of the character and extent of the audience it reached. Burke's ...

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An Oxford Companion to the Romantic Age

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2009
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...and up to the most sophisticated levels) as a positive aid to independence of liberation. More conservative forces in British society generally came round to the view that the spread of basic literacy could have a stabilizing (if not anaesthetizing) effect on the mass of the population, by facilitating the inculcation of moral homilies based on orthodox Christian dogma, but this strategy entailed strict control over reading and teaching practices. Hannah *More and Sarah *Trimmer , as well as involving themselves in *Sunday school schemes and...

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