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.
Jany 19th 1877
Sir I am grateful for what you say of the Scripture Readings, I did consider of the use of paragraphs, but as I meant the book primarily for school reading I though the loss of verses would be inconvenient, and I myself do not like using a paragraph Bible because I can never find anything quickly in it Perhaps I was actuated by my childish dislike to Lloyd’s Bible which used to seem to me unnatural. yours truly C ... continue reading
Otterbourn
March 29th [1855]
My dear Anne, We know what the news must be that came this morning and yet it is a strange sense of blank that comes in feeling that all is really over, but more so at the times for prayer than at those for praise. When one can recollect that the weak suffering body is not pressing down the power of praise any more, but that it has grown to what we only have such little ... continue reading
[Otterbourne]
September1859]
[To Elizabeth Barnett

That visit was on the whole so delicious, and leaves such a sunny impression on my mind, that it is strange to remember the spots of yearning recollection and the great pang of going away. Not that I was not glad to get back . . .but when one looked back to the last time of parting in the full hope of being together the next year, and remembered that nine ... continue reading

Elderfield Otterbourne Winchester
Feb 6th [1894]

Dear Mr Bullock, I will try to write Abp Sancroft, and Bp Mackenzie but have you thought of asking Miss Awdry, Notton, Chippenham. She is the author of ‘An Elder Sister’ and would do Anne Mackenzie’s life excellently. She could also do well Henrietta Robertson, a grand missionary worker.

And have you thought of Mrs Macdougal who sacrificed so much-? Miss Awdry could well do all these. She edited the Gospel Missionary till lately when it ... continue reading