1882 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Hannah More

Epes Sargent, in Harper's Cyclopaedia of British and American Poetry (1882) 229.



The daughter of a school-master, Miss More (1745-1833) was a native of Stapleton, in Gloucestershire. The family removed to Bristol; and there, in her seventeenth year, she published a pastoral drama, The Search after Happiness, which passed through three editions. In 1773 she made her entrance into London society, was domesticated with Garrick, and made the acquaintance of Johnson and Burke. In 1777 Garrick brought out her tragedy of Percy, at Drury Lane, from which she got 750. She now wrote poems, sacred dramas, a pious novel, Coelebs in Search of a Wife, etc., till her writings filled eleven volumes octavo. Of Coelebs, ten editions were sold in one year. She made about 30,000 by her writings.