Hannah More (1745-1833), a woman of incredible moral courage, was probably the most influential female writer of her time. Yet most of us have never even heard of her. Born in obscurity, Hannah died leaving nearly £30,000 to her charities-today's equivalent of nearly $2,000,000-an unequaled amount for a woman writer two hundred years ago. Her artful writings changed hearts, prevented a revolution in England, and paved the way for other Christian women writers. The one novel she penned outsold Jane Austen's in her lifetime. She challenged the moral evils of slavery and played a major role in the abolition of the slave trade. Yet, remarkably, for two centuries Hannah More was largely overlooked by historians, until in 2007 Great Britain recognized her significant humanitarian achievements as an abolitionist, educator, and philanthropist, issuing a postage stamp in her honor for the 200th anniversary of the milestone Abolition of the Slave Trade Act. The same year, her character appeared in the popular film about abolitionist William Wilberforce, Amazing Grace. Now author Mary Anne Phemister revives the compelling story of this inspirational heroine. Her thoroughly researched and highly readable biography recounts the story of what this lively Christian playwright, poet, novelist, and tract writer accomplished despite the restrictions placed on women in her day.
|Publisher:||Deep River Books|
|Edition description:||New Edition|
|Product dimensions:||5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.50(d)|
About the Author
Born in China to missionary parents, Mary Anne Phemister earned her nursing degree from Columbia University, New York. Her passion for telling people's stories led her to publish three other books: 32 Wheaton Notables: Their Stories and Where they Lived; Lessons from a Broken Chopstick: A Memoir; and co-author Mere Christians: Inspiring Stories of Encounters with C. S. Lewis. She travels widely to speak and to research her subjects. Mary Anne and her husband, Bill, live in Carol Stream, Illinois.
Table of Contents
Foreword Martin Marty 13
Prologue: Hannah More Is Rediscovered 17
Chapter 1 Fishponds and Beyond 21
Chapter 2 The Failed Marriage Proposal 27
Chapter 3 Hannah's First Plays and Early Friendship with the Great David Garrick 31
Chapter 4 The Bluestocking Literary Society 41
Chapter 5 Important Callers at Cowslip Green 49
Chapter 6 The Challenge of Cheddar and the Mendip Hills: A Mission Destined for Conflict 61
Chapter 7 Forever Linked with William Wilberforce and the Abolitionist Movement 71
Chapter 8 When Helping Others Turns Out Badly: The Blagdon Controversy 81
Chapter 9 The Magnet of Barley Wood 87
Chapter 10 How Words Prevented a Revolution 95
Chapter 11 Cælebs, Jane Austen, and Hannah More 105
Chapter 12 Teaching a Nation How to Behave: Hannah Mores Didactic Writings 115
Chapter 13 The Tumultuous Final Years 125
Chapter 14 Hannah More's Legacy and the New Women's Movement 135
Hannah More Chronology 143
Works Hannah More 149
Works Cited and Consulted 153
What People are Saying About This
"This sprightly, accessible biography rescues Hannah More from undeserved neglect. In it, Mary Anne Phemister shows clearly why More's remarkable lifeas dramatist, educator, best-selling author, anti-slave campaigner, and deeply Christian witnesscan inspire believers today almost as much as she did during her own lifetime."
-Mark Noll, The Francis A. McAnaney Professor of History, University of Notre Dame, author of The Rise of Evangelicalism: The Age of Edwards, Whitefield, and the Wesleys
"This lively and engaging work shows Hannah More's continuing relevance to the modern world."
-Anne Stott, author of Hannah More: The First Victorian
"Mary Anne Phemister provides an engaging look at a neglected woman writer who certainly deserves more of our attention today. By combining discussions of Hannah More's influence and stories of her life with visual images of the places lived and visited, Phemister gives her readers a glimpse into the world that Hannah More inhabited and tried to transform for the better."
-Christine A. Colón, associate professor of English, Wheaton College; author of Joanna Baillie and the Art of Moral Influence