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...

Southbank Edinburgh
June 26th [?1882]

Dear Miss Yonge,

I hope to send you in a day or two a small book I have written about travels in Iceland which were made by me chiefly on the track of various old Sagas, in which I was greatly interested. The book indeed treats of the country from the point of view of its literature. I need not say how pleased I should be if my old friend the ‘Monthly Packet’ liked it enough ... continue reading

July 1st 1861

My dear Mrs Bliss,

I did not think when last I saw you that the accompanying book would have come so soon, so I said nothing about it, but if you would be so kind as to take charge of it, I should be very much obliged as it is a parcel that will not well travel by post. The letters I think I shall have to send by post

yours sincerely

C M Yonge

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Elderfield, Otterbourne, Winchester.
Decr 10th 1885
Dear Miss Manning Miss Walter and I have much enjoyed reading Miss Lawrences' letter all the more as last Sunday evening Mr Du Boulay kindly came and talked to the parish about Madagascar. If you will let me know in time, I will send you the Daisy Chain, Trial and Pillars of the Houseto send to her.  I am very glad to have the pleasure of doing so with many thanks yours truly C M Yonge ... continue reading
Feb 20th [1897]

My dear Mary I hope the sheep were expelled sufficiently not to return again, and that these lovely spring days are healing the wounds they left. I went to the Copse today and found the daffodils all but out, and there are many violets in the garden. The excitement of the week was that last Sunday morning Miss Finlaison fell down stairs with a large red glass lamp in her hand, which cut her ... continue reading