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, Otterbourne, Winchester.
May 25th 1877

Dear Mr Craik

I think a letter of mine which I wrote last week to the ‘house’ must have been overlooked at least in part. I asked for a copy of the Heir of Redclyffe to be sent to myself, and a set of all my books to the Sisterhood at Wantage who want to have them to lend from their branch at Bombay

The one I asked for has never come and I have not heard ... continue reading

My clever woman, instead of living alone as she intended when you were here, has had a flirtation with three magazines, and is at present engaged to Hogg’s Churchman’s Family Magazine if she can agree to settlements.

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Elderfield, Otterbourne, Winchester.
[1867]

My dear Marianne The great heads will be 1/6, but I fear they will be long in coming like all the rest.

I will thankfully send you some of all kinds when I get them.

In haste your aff C M Yonge

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My dear Mrs. Norsworthy, I must write a few lines to thank you for your account of my dear old friend, who, I feel, is lying in the land of Beulah, though broken by these times of distress. It was something the same with good old Judge Patteson, father of the Bishop. He had a throat complaint that he knew must bring final choking. And when it had very nearly come, as he revived, he said, ... continue reading