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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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Living Muse 1780–1785

Living Muse 1780–1785

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(p.48) Chapter 3 Living Muse 1780–1785
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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/9780199274888.003.0003

This chapter discusses Hannah More's transition from playwright to Evangelical activist. She was now part of the bluestocking circle, a friend of Elizabeth Montagu and Elizabeth Carter, and was depicted in Richard Samuel's The Nine Living Muses of Great Britain (1779) as Melpomene, the muse of tragedy. The Bas Bleu, her poem that celebrated the bluestockings, was praised by Johnson. She became one of the many female friends and correspondents of Horace Walpole and her Bishop Bonner's Ghost was the last work to be printed by his Strawberry Hill press. She also tried to rescue a madwoman known as ‘Louisa’ or ‘the Lady of the Haystack’. Her patronage of Ann Yearsley, the ‘Bristol milkwoman’ was an ignominious failure. Her purchase of Cowslip Green near Wrington in Somerset was a sign that she was turning her back on fashionable Society.

Keywords:   bluestockings, Elizabeth Montagu, Elizabeth Carter, Horace Walpole, Strawberry Hill press, Lady of the Haystack, Ann Yearsley, Cowslip Green, Wrington

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