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Hannah MoreThe First Victorian$
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Anne Stott

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780199274888

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199274888.001.0001

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The Princess and the Bachelor 1801–c.1809

The Princess and the Bachelor 1801–c.1809

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(p.258) Chapter 12 The Princess and the Bachelor 1801–c.1809
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Hannah More
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Anne Stott (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199274888.003.0012

This chapter is a study of two of Hannah More's later words — Hints Towards Forming the Character of a Young Princess and Coelebs in Search of a Wife — both published anonymously. Hints was written for Princess Charlotte, the heiress presumptive, part of a genre of advice books to princes. The most direct influence was Fénelon's Télémaque. More's aim was to create a ‘patriot princess’ who would be a force for moral reformation when she became queen. Coelebs was More's only novel, a fictionalized conduct book that became famous for his assertion that philanthropy was a woman's profession. The book was coolly received by the critics, but became a best seller and a cultural reference point.

Keywords:   Princess Charlotte, patriot princess, philanthropy

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