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Ann Yearsley and Hannah More, Patronage and Poetry : The Story of a Literary Relationship, PDF eBook

Ann Yearsley and Hannah More, Patronage and Poetry : The Story of a Literary Relationship PDF

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Hannah More and Ann Yearsley experienced a long-standing relationship that lasted far beyond their roles as patron and protegee.

More had originally come to prominence as a playwright under the patronage of celebrated actor/manager David Garrick.

When an established writer herself, she was able to assist Yearsley, bringing the young poet's rustic voice to the attention of an eighteenth-century society hungry for the fashionable phenomenon of the 'rural genius'. Andrews offers a timely and necessary reassessment of the careers of both Yearsley and More.

Making use of newly discovered letters and poems, she provides a full analysis of the breakdown of the two writers’ affiliation and compares it to other labouring-class relationships based on patronage.


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