Women in the Literary Market 1800-1900


Female Literary Genre
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Hannah More was a prolific and talented poet, playwright, essayist, and educator. She wrote extensively on female education, adapted Biblical stories for children, and produced plays, volumes of poetry, and works of religious piety. More protested throughout her life that politics was outside a woman's sphere. Yet she nonetheless used conventional literary genres to participate in public dialogues on many of the great issues of the day. She wrote in opposition to slavery and in favor of improved social support for women and the poor, and she developed a program of religious reading for the lower classes.

Like many women writers of the period, More exploited conventionally "feminine" genres to disguise exploration of public and political topics. She was widely read and well respected, and scholars now acknowledge that her work helped to pave the way for more progressive liberalism later in the nineteenth century.

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Hannah More, 1745-1833. Strictures on the Modern System of Female Education. London: Printed by A. Strahan, for T. Cadell, 1800.
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