Hannah More's Coelebs in Search of a Wife: A Review of Criticism and a New Analysis

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When More (1745-1833) published Coelebs, her only novel, in 1808, she was already well known for her many plays, poems, treatises, and tracts aimed at improving the religion, morality, and education of both upper and lower classes in English society. She is best known now, if at all, says Prior (English, Liberty U., Virginia), as a social reformer advocating conservative and anti-feminist religious ideas that are not in favor today, rather than as a woman of letters. She hopes to rebalance the perception by ...
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When More (1745-1833) published Coelebs, her only novel, in 1808, she was already well known for her many plays, poems, treatises, and tracts aimed at improving the religion, morality, and education of both upper and lower classes in English society. She is best known now, if at all, says Prior (English, Liberty U., Virginia), as a social reformer advocating conservative and anti-feminist religious ideas that are not in favor today, rather than as a woman of letters. She hopes to rebalance the perception by presenting critical responses to the novel from its appearance to the present. The text is double spaced. Annotation ©2003 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
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Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgements
Ch. 1 Introduction to the Life and Works of Hannah More 1
Ch. 2 The Status of the Novel at the Turn of the Eighteenth Century 9
Ch. 3 Reception of Coelebs in Search of a Wife: Sales and Reviews 31
Critical Review 36
Monthly Magazine 37
Scots Magazine 38
Universal Magazine 40
Edinburgh Review 42
London Review 43
Satirist 45
European Magazine 46
Monthly Review 47
Gentleman's Magazine 49
British Critic 50
Evangelical Magazine 51
Literary Panorama 52
Poetical Magazine 53
Christian Observer 54
Ch. 4 Newfound Respectability for the Novel 59
Ch. 5 The Victorian Response to Coelebs in Search of a Wife 67
Ch. 6 Coelebs in Search of a Wife in the Twentieth Century 77
Ch. 7 Toward a New Century of Criticism 91
Ch. 8 A Critical Reading of Coelebs in Search of a Wife 97
Endnotes 137
Works Cited 149
Index 157
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