The ladies belonging to the same band [of serious writers with social themes] are still considerable in number — Miss Yonge, whose series of books have added quite a new world of excellent Church people, good, noble and true, with all their fads and little foolishnesses, all their habits of mind and speech, their delightful family affection, and human varieties of goodness, to an existing universe, that a sympathetic and interested audience can never be wanting. Her first work, the "Heir of Redcliffe," with its sweet youthful tragedy of piety and devotion, took the heart of the country at once, and placed the author in a position which, through, we had almost said hundreds of narratives of a similar character, she has never lost. — Mrs. Oliphant, The Victorian Age in Literature (1892)


"Class Literature of the Last Thirty Years" in Macmillan's Magazine. 20 (1869).

The Clever Woman of the Family (1865). London: Macmillan, 1882.

The Daisy Chain (1856). Rpt. London: Macmillan, 1880.

Edited by Charlotte Yonge. The Monthly Packet

The Trial: More Links of the Daisy Chain (1864). (Rpt. London: Macmillan, 1882.

Biographical materials


Political and social themes, subjects, and contexts

Cultural contexts

Theme and subject

Bibliography of Selected Secondary Materials

Battiscombe, Georgina and Marghanita Laski. A Chaplet for Charlotte Yonge. London: Cresset Press, 1965.

Coleridge, Christabel. Charlotte Mary Yonge; Her Life and Letters. London: Macmillan, 1903.

Dennis, Barbara. "The Two Voices of Charlotte Yonge." The Durham University Journal, 65 (March, 1973): 181-88.

Leavis, Q. D. "Charlotte Yonge and 'Christian Discrimination'" Scrutiny 12 (1944): 152-60.

Mare, Margaret and Alicia C. Percival. Victorian Best-Seller: The World of Charlotte M. Yonge. London: Harrap, 1949.

Masefield, Muriel. Women Novelists from Fanny Burney to George Eliot. London: Nicholson and Watson, 1934.

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