Book Review

An Engaged Woman

Fierce Convictions: The Extraordinary Life of Hannah More—Poet, Reformer, Abolitionist
by Karen Swallow Prior
Nelson Books, 2014
(302 pages, $24.99, hardcover)

reviewed by Joseph Stuchal

Most scholars of the Romantic period know Hannah More—if they know her at all—as a writer of cheap tracts that attacked the social evils plaguing the lower classes of society. But as Karen Swallow Prior illustrates in her new biography, she was far more than a mere writer of romantic ballads and stories. More, who began her career as a schoolteacher for girls, became a successful and famous playwright, poet, abolitionist, education reformer, and novelist—among other things.
Why, then, has posterity all . . .

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