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 Mr Bullock, I will try to do Raymond Lull in short by the end of next week, I have both the books.

You will be glad to hear that I have had a cheerful letter from Miss Florence Wilford well, and at home with her sister

Yours sincerely C M Yonge

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[To Gertrude Mary Ireland Blackburne]

Here are two proofs of your conversation, which, by-the-by, must be headed 'A Conversation on Books.' It will not go in this time, so you will have plenty of opportunity to do what you please with it. A conversation on Archbishop Trench's book must precede it, to give the old man a chance of hearing it, as it is by a young relation of his own - young, I ... continue reading

April 23d [1900?]

My dear Christabel Mrs Sewell came to call on Saturday and brought Mrs Brook, who said she was one of your old friends, so we had a talk about you. Henry has been setting up flags and making the children do honour to St George’s day. We are in high spirits about our reports, they are better than ever they have been but there is influenza still about.

Adam Grigson is good but the cult of ... continue reading

My dear Fanny,

Your letter came to me safely yesterday, and very glad I am of the prospect it holds out. I wrote to Mr Raikes at once letting him [know] that it was just what I should like, but that he had better send it to me when I get home which I do not think will be till the end of October. I find it so very difficult to get a MS read away ... continue reading