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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Elderfield, Otterbourne, Winchester.
July 2d 1879

My dear Miss Cole

I have been a long time answering you, but I waited to see Mrs Moore and hear more about the matter as it is one in which I hardly felt competent to judge. I am sure it is an excellent purpose, and I send you my shilling, though my country life is so utterly unconnected with anything of the kind that I can be of no use

yours sincerely C M Yonge

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Elderfield, Otterbourne, Winchester.
[10 July 1870]

My dear Pixie I don't know if you have heard how nearly Goosedom perished from exhaustion and how it has revived again, after throwing off a few idle members. I did not throw you out because I thought we had had some very impossible questions lately, and we are going to keep them shorter and easier.

Will you send the answers when you get them to Bluebell ie

the Honble Alethea Colborne Beechwood Plympton

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Mother Goose & the last Gosling of the original brood, faithful where few were faithful found having eaten goose together on Michaelmas day solemnly dissolve the ancient Brood. Having begun with 12 intimate friends & cousins who actually did 4 questions once a month it has come to only two once in two months & of those generally only one answered by a few - while there is little acquaintance between many[.] It ... continue reading

Elderfield, Otterbourne, Winchester.
April 9th 1885

My dear Fanny Yes, I think it is an excellent little paper and shews a good deal more knowledge of Sir Tristrem than I have, inasmuch as I have never got up Modern poems, and it is a good while since I poked in the ancient[.] I have a curious old Italian one printed in Italics called La Tavola Rotonda and with a good deal about Sir Tristram in it - which was bought ... continue reading