This book relocates the long life and literary career of the poet, playwright, novelist, philanthropist and teacher Hannah More (1745-1833) in the wider social and cultural contexts that shaped her, and which she helped shape in turn. One of the most influential writers and campaigners of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, More’s reputation has suffered unfairly from accusations of paternalism and provincialism, and misunderstandings of her sincerely-held but now increasingly unfamiliar evangelical beliefs. Now, in this book, readers can explore a range of essays rooted in up-to-the-minute research which examines newly-recovered archival materials and other evidence in order to present the fullest picture yet of this complex and compelling author, and the era she helped mould with her words.

chapter |13 pages

Introduction: Hannah More in Context

ByKerri Andrews, Sue Edney

chapter 4|16 pages

Writing Women at Work

ByMaeve Adams

chapter 10|19 pages

Manuscripts and Books

ByNicholas D. Smith

chapter |11 pages

Extended Sermon on Hannah More

ByPaula Hollingsworth