Charlotte Yonge

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CY was a staggeringly prolific author. Her more than two hundred works include domestic and historical novels for both adults and children, biographies, history and language textbooks, religious manuals, and a fragment of autobiography. She became famous without adopting many of the habits of the Victorian professional author: she published anonymously and donated most of her earnings to charity. Though her most successful titles remained household names for generations, many others in the Macmillan Uniform Edition were quickly forgotten.
Delafield, E. M., and Georgina Battiscombe. “Introduction”. Charlotte Mary Yonge: The Story of an Uneventful Life, Constable and Company, 1943, pp. 9 - 15.
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Her underlying purpose is always religious. Her biographer Georgina Battiscombe writes that filial duty is her great theme, to which both love and common sense must be sacrificed.
Battiscombe, Georgina, and E. M. Delafield. Charlotte Mary Yonge: The Story of an Uneventful Life. Constable and Company, 1943.
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She advises submission as a Christian duty and not as an exclusively gendered ideal. She deals also in religious scruples and struggles: confirmation (as the climax of an education in spiritual self-examination) is often an issue for her characters.
Black and white reproduction of  an albumen print of Charlotte Yonge's head by the Rev. Duke Yonge, 1858? The image is oval; the sitter is seen in profile facing left. She is wearing a small, light cap, a pale ribbon around her neck fastened with a brooch (perhaps a cameo), and embroidery around her collar. National Portrait Gallery.
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Milestones

11 August 1823
Charlotte Mary Yonge was born, at Otterbourne in Hampshire.
Coleridge, Christabel. Charlotte Mary Yonge: Her Life and Letters. Macmillan and Co., 1903.
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Autumn 1838
CY 's first published work appeared when she was fifteen, within a month of her confirmation: Le Château de Melville; ou, Récréations du Cabinet d'Étude, written to raise money for the church school at Otterbourne.
Battiscombe, Georgina, and E. M. Delafield. Charlotte Mary Yonge: The Story of an Uneventful Life. Constable and Company, 1943.
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Delafield, E. M., and Georgina Battiscombe. “Introduction”. Charlotte Mary Yonge: The Story of an Uneventful Life, Constable and Company, 1943, pp. 9 - 15.
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May 1850
CY received from her close friend Marianne Dyson some notes for a story which Dyson had been trying unsuccessfully to get written: this story became The Heir of Redclyffe.
Battiscombe, Georgina, and E. M. Delafield. Charlotte Mary Yonge: The Story of an Uneventful Life. Constable and Company, 1943.
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August 1851
CY finished writing the novel which was to make her name, The Heir of Redclyffe; it was not published for two more years.
Battiscombe, Georgina, and E. M. Delafield. Charlotte Mary Yonge: The Story of an Uneventful Life. Constable and Company, 1943.
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January 1853
CY 's best-selling novel The Heir of Redclyffe was published in London by John Parker and in New York by Appleton .
Nadel, Ira Bruce, and William E. Fredeman, editors. Dictionary of Literary Biography 18. Gale Research, 1983.
18: 308, 313
Battiscombe, Georgina, and E. M. Delafield. Charlotte Mary Yonge: The Story of an Uneventful Life. Constable and Company, 1943.
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Early 1901
In the year of her death CY composed her final work, Reasons Why I Am a Catholic and Not a Roman Catholic.
Coleridge, Christabel. Charlotte Mary Yonge: Her Life and Letters. Macmillan and Co., 1903.
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24 March 1901
CY died at Otterbourne, Hampshire, of pleurisy.
Nadel, Ira Bruce, and William E. Fredeman, editors. Dictionary of Literary Biography 18. Gale Research, 1983.
18: 308
Stephen, Sir Leslie, and Sidney Lee, editors. The Dictionary of National Biography. Smith, Elder, 1908.

Biography

Birth and Family

11 August 1823
Charlotte Mary Yonge was born, at Otterbourne in Hampshire.
Coleridge, Christabel. Charlotte Mary Yonge: Her Life and Letters. Macmillan and Co., 1903.
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