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During her long and phenomenally productive career Hannah More wrote plays, poems, a single novel and much social, religious, and political commentary. She was the leading conservative and Christian moralist of her day. Her political opinions were reactionary, and her passionate commitment to educating the poor and lessening their destitution has been judged as marred by its paternalist tone. But she was a pioneer educator and philanthropist, with enormous influence on the Victorian age. scholarly note link.
2 February 1745 HM was born at Stapleton near Bristol, the fourth of five daughters.  Bibliographic Citation link.
After 13 June 1760 The teenage HM wrote an acrostic on the name of Hannah Mary Pritchard, who performed on this date at Jacob's Well Theatre in Bristol. Bibliographic Citation link.  scholarly note link.
5 December 1792 William Waller Pepys wrote, backed by Elizabeth Montagu, to press HM to exert her talents "for the good of your Country (Which is in great Peril)" by writing "a Dialogue between two persons of the lowest order." Bibliographic Citation link.
Late 1792 HM's Village Politics was anonymously published by John Reeves's recently-founded Association for Preserving Liberty and Property against Republicans and Levellers; it thus preceded her other Cheap Repository Tracts. Bibliographic Citation link.
By 4 March 1795 The first twenty titles of HM's Cheap Repository Tracts were launched with a ceremony at Hazard's shop in Bath: pedlars were invited and presented with free copies to sell. Bibliographic Citation link.
By March 1796 HM had sold more than two million copies of her Cheap Repository Tracts. Bibliographic Citation link.
By October 1797 HM's Cheap Repository Tracts were issued in a two-volume collection (a format designed for middle-class, not working-class readers) by Marshall. Bibliographic Citation link.
22 September 1798 The Cheap Repository Tracts ended; reprinting rights were sold to Rivington, but Marshall went on issuing tracts by the same title, some of them bawdy or (by HM's terms) politically suspect. Bibliographic Citation link.
Early 1825 HM's The Spirit of Prayer, her final publication, appeared (two more religious works had intervened between it and Moral Sketches). Bibliographic Citation link.
7 September 1833 HM died at the home of the Rev. Thomas Sedgwick Whalley at Clifton near Bristol. Bibliographic Citation link.
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