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 1st [1868]

My dear Christabel Here are the answers but I really have no time to do their Cackle. The two months holidays come now, and would you kindly tell the brood that I think they had better not send me any questions after the holidays till I tell them. I hope by no means to give up Goosedom in the end, but Mamma is so sadly failing that I must for the present drop all unnecessary claims ... continue reading

Elderfield, Otterbourne, Winchester.
Novr 22nd 1877

My dear Mr Macmillan

What I have by me in the way of authorities are the Universal History Lady Calcott’s in English and in Spanish a life of the Cid - Perez de Hyta (whence Washington Irving took his material, but which is only romance) and old Madiema - who is alarming - as he hardly ever has a paragraph, and when he does put a date, does not use figures!

I have picked out a ... continue reading

Elderfield, Otterbourne, Winchester.
Febry 5th [1874]

My dear Arthur I think the redingote is wrong- but the geens and gaskins were worth having. Why should I not mean the Aryan classifications to be based on Grimm. I meant it for a pleasing exercise but I fancy only our spiders of a superior order will attack such a web!

Adams is my authority for durst being an old verb like burst, and is he not generally trustworthy? Certainly I never ... continue reading

Ascension Day [20 May], 1852.

My dear Dr. Moberly, Of all days in the year this is one that I should specially have chosen for receiving the note Mamma sent on this morning. Indeed I do thank you and Mrs. Moberly very much for giving me a Pearl to think of every day. How I shall look forward to the christening day and to having a possession of my own in your house! I wonder what you will ... continue reading