Hannah More

Hannah More, 1745–1833, English author and social reformer. She was educated, and later taught, at her sisters' school for girls in Bristol. At the age of 22 she became engaged to William Turner, a wealthy squire 20 years older than she; he never married her, but settled an annuity on her that made her financially independent. She became a friend of many of the notable figures of her time and was one of the bluestockings. Her two ethical tragedies, Percy and Fatal Falsehood, were produced by Garrick in 1777 and 1779, respectively. Turning to religious and philanthropic works, she wrote Thoughts on the Importance of the Manners of the Great to General Society (1788) and was instrumental in founding (1799) the Religious Tract Society. In the area of Wrington she established Sunday schools in which the poor were taught reading, personal hygiene, and religion. In 1808 her pious but popular novel Coelebs in Search of a Wife appeared. Her writing is of little interest today, with the exception of her vivacious and highly informative letters, which were published in 1834.

See studies by M. A. Hopkins (1947) and M. G. Jones (1952).

The Columbia Encyclopedia, 6th ed. Copyright© 2014, The Columbia University Press.

Selected full-text books and articles on this topic

Hannah More: A Critical Biography
Charles Howard Ford.
Peter Lang, 1996
Hannah More
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Unknown, 1952
Avoiding the Perils of the Muse: Hannah More, Didactic Literature, and Eighteenth-Century Criticism
Nardin, Jane.
Papers on Language & Literature, Vol. 36, No. 4, Fall 2000
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Women Writers and the English Nation in the 1790s: Romantic Belongings
Angela Keane.
Cambridge University Press, 2000
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 6 "Patrician, Populist, and Patriot: Hannah More's Counter-Revolutionary Nationalism"
Politics and Literature in the Eighteenth Century
H. T. Dickinson.
Dent, 1974
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 48 "Hannah More: Village Politics (1793)"
Eighteenth-Century Women Poets: An Oxford Anthology
Roger Lonsdale.
Oxford University Press, 1989
Librarian’s tip: "Hannah More (1745-1833)" begins on p. 323
FREE! Essays about Men, Women, and Books
Augustine Birrell.
C. Scribner's Sons, 1894
Librarian’s tip: "Hannah More" begins on p. 70
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