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Hannah MoreThe First Victorian$
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Anne Stott

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780199274888

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199274888.001.0001

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Bristol Beginnings 1745–1774

Bristol Beginnings 1745–1774

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(p.1) Chapter 1 Bristol Beginnings 1745–1774
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Hannah More
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Anne Stott (Contributor Webpage)

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DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199274888.003.0001

This chapter discusses Hannah More's early life in Bristol, a period that is relatively poorly documented. She was born at Fishponds near Bristol, the fourth of the five daughters of an impoverished schoolmaster. She became a teacher at her sisters' school at Park Street, Bristol, where she wrote The Search after Happiness, a pastoral play for the pupils. She was a supporter of William Powell's new Theatre Royal in the city. For six years she was engaged to the landowner, William Turner, whose home, Belmont (now the National Trust property of Tyntesfield), became the subject of her poem, The Bleeding Rock. A clerical friend, Sir James Stonhouse, sent a copy of another play, The Inflexible Captive (based on Pietro Metastasio's Regolo Attilio) to David Garrick and arranged for her to travel to London with two of her sisters in order to meet him.

Keywords:   Bristol, Fishponds, The Search after Happiness, William Powell, Theatre Royal, William Turner, Belmont, Tyntesfield, Sir James Stonhouse, Pietro Metastasio

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