Hannah More: The Artist as Reformer

Foreword by Martin Marty


Hannah More was probably the most influential female writer of her time. Her one novel outsold Jane Austen’s in her lifetime! Yet historians have overlooked the major roles Hannah played in the abolition of the slave trade, and opening schools for the poor. With the help of her spiritual mentors John Wesley and John Newton who guided her into a revitalized Christianity, Hannah persevered to overcome the obstacles thrust her way, paving the way for other Christian women writers.

This highly readable biography recounts the story of what a lively, Christian playwright, poet, novelist, and tract writer could accomplish despite the restrictions placed on women in her day.

Praise for Hannah More

"Those who are still stuck with icons and stereotypes of stuffy Victorians will find unstuffy alternatives in Hannah More and her company. It is time to re-meet them, and be ready to let them change our images of them, and be changed ourselves." 
— Martin E. Marty, Professor of Religious History for 35 years at the University of Chicago

"This sprightly accessible biography rescues Hannah More from undeserved neglect.  In it, Mary Anne Phemister shows clearly why More's remarkable life--as dramatist, educator, best-selling author, anti-slave campaigner, and deeply Christian witness--can inspire believers today almost as much as she did during her own life time."
— Mark Noll, Francis A. McAnaney Professor of History, University of Notre Dame author: The Rise of Evangelicalism:  The Age of Edwards, Whitefield, and the Wesleys

“This lively and engaging work shows Hannah More's continuing relevance to the modern world.”
— Anne Stott, author of Hannah More: The First Victorian

“With her book, Hannah More: The Artist as Reformer, Mary Anne Phemister provides an engaging look at a neglected woman writer who certainly deserves more of our attention today. By combining discussions of Hannah More’s influence and stories of her life with visual images of the places lived and visited, Phemister gives her readers a glimpse into the world that Hannah More inhabited and tried to transform for the better.”
— Christine A. Colón, Associate Professor of English, Wheaton College, author of Joanna Baillie and the Art of Moral Influence

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