1st Edition

Hannah More in Context

Edited By Kerri Andrews, Sue Edney Copyright 2022
    242 Pages 4 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    242 Pages 4 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    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.

    Introduction: Hannah More in Context

    Kerri Andrews and Sue Edney

    1. Tongues in Trees: Hannah More and the Nature Inscription
    2. Robin Jarvis

    3. Feeling Good: Sentimental Virtue in Hannah More’s The Search After Happiness (1773) and "Sensibility" (1782)
    4. Rose Hilton

    5. Defending "Reason’s rein": Rationalism as Persuasive Strategy in Hannah More’s Slavery: A Poem (1788)
    6. Adam Bridgen

    7. Writing Women at Work
    8. Maeve Adams

    9. "Hunger is not a postponable want": Hannah More’s charity reconsidered
    10. Kerri Andrews

    11. Hannah More’s Percy, A Tragedy, in the Spanish and French Theatrical Contexts
    12. Begoña Lasa Álvarez

    13. The Bluestocking and the Preacher: the Bifurcated Reception of Hannah More in Scandinavia
    14. Marie Nedregotten Sørbø

    15. Hannah More’s Sympathetic Strategies: Coelebs in Search of a Wife and the Evangelical Novel
    16. Nicky Lloyd

    17. Books and Readers in Hannah More’s Coelebs in Search of a Wife
    18. Joanna Maciulewicz

    19. Hannah More Rediscoveries: Letters, Literary Manuscripts, and Inscribed Books
    20. Nicholas D. Smith

    21. Bringing More to the Fore: Championing the life and work of Hannah More in Schools and Community Education
    22. Joanne Edwards


    23. Hannah More’s Energetic Sociality: Enthusiasms and Consequences

    Patricia A. Demers

    An Extended Sermon on Hannah More

    Rev Paula Hollingsworth


    Kerri Andrews is Reader in Women’s Literature and Textual Editing at Edge Hill University.

    Sue Edney is a Lecturer teaching at Bristol University.