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.
July 4th/1879
Dear Mr Macmillan Thanks for the copy of the Heir of Redclyffe which is very prettily got up and attractive I never yet saw an illustrator who would avoid the height of the present fashion I wonder whether you would think it worth while to publish a little book of stories of mine chiefly from Christmas numbers of the Monthly Packet four being historical (one not hitherto published) - one modern life, as are also two others which ... continue reading
Feb 16th [1867?]

My dear Mrs Elder,

In some inexplicable way your sonnet for the collect for the Annunciation has disappeared. Could you—if you have a copy—be so kind as to send it by the next post—direct to

Messrs. Mozley Friar’s Gate Derby,

as they are leaving a gap for it. How it was missed between us I cannot guess. I have all the others, quite safe up to June 29th. I hope you will excuse the blunder, and that it will ... continue reading

Elderfield, Otterbourne, Winchester.
June 1st 1865

My dear Mr Macmillan I waited to answer till I had my proofs back again. I am not quite sure what is the best line now to take. Indeed I suppose after all that it is never quite possible for one person’s idea to be thoroughly realized by another. My notion was to show first why the Incarnation was needed, and then to trace the gradually expanding promises and stages of preparation - making each of ... continue reading

Elderfield Otterbourne Winchester
Novr 19th 1891

Dear Mr Woollcombe I am just come home from Devon. I will send your letter to Macmillan, I think he will consider that admission to a school will make it quite worth while to cheapen it. I will ask one of the partners to write direct to you. I hope your brother Robert has improved since I left Torquay, on Saturday, but the weather, keeping him indoors, is much against him

yours sincerely C M ... continue reading