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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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The Garrick Years 1774–1779

The Garrick Years 1774–1779

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(p.24) Chapter 2 The Garrick Years 1774–1779
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Hannah More
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Anne Stott (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199274888.003.0002

Between 1774 and his death in 1779, Hannah More was a close friend of David Garrick and his wife, Eva Marie Veigel, and her account of his retirement from the stage in the same year is one of the best sources for this important moment in the history of the theatre. She also became friends Samuel Johnson, Sir Joshua Reynolds, and the bluestocking, Elizabeth Montagu It was thanks to Garrick that her tragedy, Percy, was performed at the Covent Garden Theatre in 1777 to great acclaim. In the same year, she began her career as a conduct book writer with the publication of her Essays on Various Subjects Principally Designed for Young Ladies. Garrick's death in 1779 caused a prolonged crisis. Her play The Fatal Falsehood was poorly received and led to accusations of plagiarism.

Keywords:   Covent Garden Theatre, David Garrick, Eva Marie Veigel, Samuel Johnson, Sir Joshua Reynolds, Elizabeth Montagu, conduct books

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