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.


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Somerleaze
Aug 13th 1874

My dear Miss Palmer The printer has put your name in full upon this proof - but if you do not wish it to appear, you had better scratch it out, though of course the Packet would be glad to have the story owned.

I am glad it did not come while you were occupied with the wedding bustle, they like to put the Christmas number in hand a long time in advance. I am now at ... continue reading

Hotel Castiglione, 12 Rue Castiglione,
August 14. [1869]
My dear Marianne- We broke up from Val Richer with many regrets. The Falaise expedition had turned out very well ; they had a splendid scramble upon a magnificent steep rock, with a deep ravine between it, and such another rock, and the castle in tall, round towers, one of which they climbed up to the top, and were very stiff all day after it, and the roof was covered with zinc, sloping down all round, ... continue reading
Otterbourne Winchester.
[13 November 1865]

My dear Miss Warren Thank you for the two little books - Yours I do like greatly, but I am afraid I can’t quite take to your friend’s. I think it is too puerile. Don’t you think it might have been made easy without saying that David’s face was nice or that they played prettily - and the children that have to be told that there were no guns, would be rather amazed at hearing that ... continue reading

Otterbourn
Sept 29th [1856]

My dear Miss Butler

Mr Mozley shall have a jog, but I think the time you fix is nearly the natural one. There will be rather a crowd in the December number as I had to put off a long beautiful story till I could get it in whole, and those old notes on Roumelia must be finished off with the year, so I am afraid of more than a note on the Ursulines (What ... continue reading