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...

Decr 29th 1900

My dear Mrs Packe Thank you for the sight of the letters, it looks so like the old old times. And certainly those were days when there was no ‘looking over the wall’ in contrast to these when one may ‘steal a horse’ Do you know what has become of that window? Perhaps you have it I suppose the poor old Bishop was in a regular panic, assisted by his Grace’s wife. ... continue reading

Elderfield, Otterbourne, Winchester.
July 1st 1872

My dear Christabel I like this very much and Gruet is a very satisfactory Eagle. It is much more satisfactory to reform Ruprecht instead of demolishing him- The land of romance too is a satisfactory variety. There is one fairy land play – also a story from Gibraltar and one from Ascension isle and one from Mme de Witt about a poor girl left in charge of her sisters children while their parents ... continue reading

Dear Miss Manning, I am sorry not to have been able sooner to answer you and tell you how much I like your friend’s Stone cutter, whom I shall most gladly have in the Monthly Packet, though I am afraid it can hardly be before the end of the year, as though in the enlarged size of the Monthly Packet I can generally get a short self-contained story in every month, I am engaged a good ... continue reading

Elderfield Otterbourne
May 23d 1899
Dear Lady Leconfield Indeed I enjoyed your visit with Mary Harris very much. She is an old friend connected with happy old days at Torquay, and the shyness that ought not to hang about one at seventy five is not a thing that endures when one well known comes at the same time. If ever you are near enough again, I hope to see you if you think it worth while - and I shall be ... continue reading