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.
Novr 18th 1878
My dear Miss Thompson How kind of you to have supplied the Missing Link in this way! Almost all the tales in the old ‘Family Stories’ seem to have a French origin judging by the names of the personages so I should think they had the same origin with these wonderful ?Etanges ?Isuander What that origin, is for the curious thing is that they none of them seem to me to belong to the perpetual folk ... continue reading
Elderfield, Otterbourne, Winchester.
March 17 [1869]

My dear Miss Cole I well remember the day you spent here five years ago, and all I have heard of you from the Colborne family.

I am afraid though that it is not of much use for your friend to send me a fairy tale of any length, as I have rather an overflow on my hands of the lighter department and I cannot put in anything of that sort of many pages or of long ... continue reading

Otterbourne, Winchester.
Novr 21st 1861

My dear Miss Smith,

You must have begun to wonder if the Indian £10 was coming I am sure I did, but here it is at last, in good time I hope. It seems that Mrs Elphinstone has been very ill, and that has prevented her from sending it sooner. I will write to her to acknowledge it as soon as I have heard from you. I am glad to see your three Ks in the ... continue reading

My dear Alice, I was thinking of sending ‘The Mice at Play’ to Maggie, but somehow I felt that the note must be to one who could remember the old days, when the three bright faces it brings to mind were with us. If you had been people who shrank from such recollections instead of cherishing them, I would of course never have disinterred this old affair, but I know you will like the recurrence to ... continue reading