Moral Sketches of Prevailing Opinions and Manners, Foreign and Domestic: With Reflections on Prayer.
More, Hannah.

London: Printed for T. Cadell and W. Davies, in the Strand, 1819. First edition. A very good, clean copy. Full period-style brown calf, gilt spine with red morocco label, new endpapers. Octavo. xxiii, [1, blank], 518 p (Item ID: 7996)


Hannah More (1745-1833) was the most prolific and one of the most famous of the Bluestockings and the author of the poem “The Bas Bleu,” (1782), in which she saluted London’s female intelligentia. Under the patronage of David Garrick, she wrote a number of religious dramas, including The Inflexible Captive (1774) and Percy (1777), but after Garrick’s death in 1779, her interest in the theatre waned. She turned her interests to a series of prose works in which she exhorted her readers to embrace true Christianity, by which she meant an Evangelical form of Anglicanism. The present work was one of her last works of this sort. More was so popular at this point that the it went through three editions in the first year, plus an American edition (Boston: Wells and Lilly). “Her writings have the old-fashioned flavour of the eighteenth century; while they now represent the teaching of the evangelical school, which looked up to Newton and Cecil, and of which William Wilberforce and his friends were the recognised political and social leaders. Though now out of fashion, they show not only high moral and religious purpose, but strong sense, as well as considerable intellectual vivacity…Her services to education as a time of general indifference deserve the highest praise…” (Leslie Stephen in D.N.B.).

See also Encyclopedia of British Women Writers.

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