Charlotte Yonge is one of the most influential and important of Victorian women writers; but study of her work has been handicapped by a tendency to patronise both her and her writing, by the vast number of her publications and by a shortage of information about her professional career. Scholars have had to depend mainly on the work of her first biographer, a loyal disciple, a situation which has long been felt to be unsatisfactory. We hope that this edition of her correspondence will provide for the first time a substantial foundation of facts for the study of her fiction, her historical and educational writing and her journalism, and help to illuminate her biography and also her significance in the cultural and religious history of the Victorian age.


Featured Letters...

Elderfield
Feb 11th [1892]

My dear C C You may as well see this remonstrance of one of the old fashioned goody souls Mrs Crocker her name seems to be. She goes on afterwards about ‘Amethyst’— and I won’t send that, for it is all misunderstanding. I wrote a defence of Cherry and Maisie saying that she was in a process of growth, and I also explained the scope of Amethyst and that you are not a dangerous person, ... continue reading

Otterbourn
Sept 24th [1846]

My dear Anne It is enough to frighten one to see all one’s words taken so seriously, not that I did not really mean them, but perhaps I spoke more freely from not thinking you would attach so much weight to what so young and so flyaway a person might say. However it is quite right to feel that words have weight. I think I must begin from henceforth to assure you that you ... continue reading

Hardwicke
Aug 7th [?1874]

My dear Christabel Some of the answers are at home, and some have followed me about and I must wait to act Mother Goose till I have got them all together as I hope to do when I get to Tyntesfield the end of next week. I have made acquaintance with Gridiron, whom I found staying at Wantage. She is not so lame as Gertrude but I should think in a far more precarious ... continue reading

Elderfield Otterbourne
Sept 25th 1898

My dear Lady Glasgow That is a beautiful testimony from the Scotsman to the great work at Sta. Cruz, Bishop Cecil Wilson is keeping it up, and now it is under British protection his work will be the less hindered. I believe the Church to be built in memory of Bp John Selwyn is to be in the island of Florida, where there is a considerable number of scholars. He says that everywhere the teaching of ... continue reading