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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Dear Miss Yonge I will see Theuerdank somehow though I fear I shall not be at Oxford before I go to America on the 28th. The Bodleian dont let books out - in which they are quite right. Cambridge U.L. does - in which they are quite wrong, though I often benefit by it. I have written to Cambridge. When I see what the pictures look like I will be able to judge how the book ... continue reading

Elderfield Otterbourne Winchester
Sept 22 1899

Dear Miss Walker I should like much to know your Grandmother’s name, in case I should have heard of her from my mother. The curious thing is that my mother had no idea that she was a success. She was very miserable at school, being really too delicate for the treatment of those days and never well in London. She thought her lessons were always marked ‘très mediocre’, and her comfort was watching ... continue reading

Elderfield Otterbourne Winchester
Febry 19th 1897

Dear Madam I think yours is a useful paper, and I shall be glad to have it for Mothers in Council when there is room for it, but the April number is full

yours truly C M Yonge

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Dear Madam,

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Yours much obliged,

C. M. Yonge

P.S., I daresay you may know my name as a Devonshire one, I am a niece of Mr. Yonge of Puslinch.

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