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 31, 1899.

My dear Mrs. Mitchell Thank you for your conversation. It reminds me of what I tried to impress on some of the promoters of Lady Margaret Hall, that the Old Colleges began with training for the church the first object, and the secular work a sort of appendage, the Christian training running through. And I tried to shadow it out in that drawing of Geraldine's in the Pillars of the House, of the Christian ... continue reading

Elderfield
Aug 21st 1893

Dear Mrs Holbeach I am much obliged for your book which I should have acknowledged sooner but I was just going from home

I chiefly took the account of the battle of Wakefield from Sir James Ramsays’ history, and as it was a hired book I cannot see whether any bit of old spelling of his could have misled me. I am afraid it is too late to get it altered in the second edition

Yours truly C M ... continue reading

Elderfield
Jan 29th 1889

Dear Mr Craik

Many thanks for your letter and cheque. I am glad to see your writing again, and that the first dreariness of return has been faced.

I am glad the cheap edition is doing so well, it is capitally got up and bound, and I regret nothing but the Daisy Chain illustrations and those to the Trial. Those to the intermediate edition were much better.

I have had some correspondence about a story of the historical ... continue reading