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...

Elderfield, Otterbourne, Winchester.
14 May 1872
My dear Elizabeth I feel such a strong inclination to call you so and to think I have known you all your life that I do not think I shall balk myself at the risk of appearing to you both a gushing and impertinent old lady. NB – I have first read a letter from a contemporary – a year younger talking of her three great nieces also of gout and rheumaticism Isn’t that enough to ... continue reading

Dear Sir I have consulting [sic] my colleague as to whether she remembers having your daughter's little book She does not remember it, and I believe I had it, but did not think it came within scope of the Monthly Packet, and we have very little room for notices of books, so as only to be able to put in what bears on our purpose

yours truly C M Yonge

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G F S Elderfield Otterbourne Winchester
April 18th [1896]

My dear Miss Compton Would you be so kind as to answer this lady, as you understand the Reading Union much better than I do

Yours sincerely C M Yonge

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Elderfield Otterbourne Winchester
Oct 19th 1886

Dear Sir

I am very sorry if I did not answer your letter, and acknowledge the little book, I fully thought that I had done so.

I have gone quite half way in the Life of Hannah More. If the requisite number of pages be not attained, I can easily shorten or lengthen the account of her works, but I think the length will be right.

I have the Mendip annals - i.e. Patty More’s Journal, which I ... continue reading