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Her influence on the women educators of her day and generations to come was profound. Charlotte would live in Otterbourne village all her life. Her brother Julian was born in January of The pious Yonge family descended from many priestly ancestors, and her extended family numbered many. It came to be that the shy young Charlotte led a fairly cloistered childhood, relating only to other family members and close friends. History and botany were her favourite subjects. She also grew to love painting and drawing. Her and her mother would often travel to London and Oxford to visit friends and relatives, and Yonge gathered material at the London Library for her articles.
They also started the Magazine for the Young which she began contributing to in Her father would be an influential figure in her later writings, with his belief that women were to be strictly guided by the patriarchal Christian moral code. She also took classes at the National School.
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Seasonal visits to cousins in Devonshire were a great source of joy. The local Otterbourne church was deemed insufficient for the Hursley parish and John Keble was appointed the new vicar. Her father and Keble designed the new St. Keble prepared Charlotte for her confirmation and they both assisted Charlotte in her writing, offering constructive criticism and helping her edit her works.
His sister, Marianne Dyson, was a writer herself and soon became friend and mentor to Charlotte.
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John Taylor Coleridge, a distant relative, and his four daughters around the same age as Charlotte were also regular visitors. From then on the profits from all her writing would be donated to various church causes like schools and missions, including the Melanesian Mission in New Zealand. In she started her series Langley School about her days teaching at the Otterbourne school. Abbeychurch was published in , followed by Scenes and Characters She was invited to be editor of the The Monthly Packet which began publication in to Many of her novels were first serialised in it and it is said to be the first popular teen magazine.
The Heir of Redclyffe , with Sir Guy Morville embodying self-sacrifice, virtue and piety, and Christian themes of self-deception and repentance, is when Yonge's work took a mature turn and she was welcomed into the mainstream of publications of the time and admired by Tennyson and Kingsley. Yonge's own social life was ruled by her intense shyness and reflected in her work by the lack of love affairs or emotional turmoil of her characters, and the balls and parties usually associated with a young lady of the times.
Her works more often focused on spiritual and moral development.
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She also wrote many educational articles on botany, history and religion for High Church journals. While Charlotte's brother was off serving in the Crimean War, their father died suddenly from a stroke in Yonge had worshipped her father, had depended on his guidance and was deeply grieved at his passing. Julian was ill and discharged from the army, and his wife and children filled the Otterbourne house to capacity.
By Charlotte and her mother moved to the house Elderfield, near the church. Charlotte took a corner room with windows overlooking the road and one to the church. On 29 March Yonge's second mentor passed away, John Keble. Her grief was great, but she continued to pour her energies into writing and teaching high moral standards, focusing on young girls to prepare them to be good wives and mothers.
Friarswood Post Office was published in , The Stokesley Secret , and Countess Kate followed, along with The History of Christian Names during the writing of which she depended on many in her extensive network of scholarly friends for assistance in compiling. She continued to organise parish activities in the school and library, and fostered a society of essay writers including the Coleridge daughters, called the Gosling Society, where she was Mother Goose from to Yonge's mother passed away in and Yonge turned her efforts into the Monthly Packet.
Her friendship with Christabel Coleridge, the granddaughter of the great poet blossomed.
Overall the contents are good, bright clean pages and text. From the. Volume She was educated at home by her father, studying Latin, Greek, French, Euclid, and algebra. Her father's lessons could be harsh:. He thundered at me so that nobody could bear to hear it, and often reduced me to tears, but his approbation was so delightful that it was a delicious stimulus I believe, despite all breezes over my innate slovenliness, it would have broken our hearts to leave off working together.
And we went on till I was some years past twenty.
Yonge's devotion to her father was lifelong and her relationship with him seems to have been for her the standard for all other relationships, including marriage. His "approbation was throughout life my bliss; his anger my misery for the time. She was born into a religious family background, was devoted to the High Church, and much influenced by John Keble, Vicar of Hursley from , a near neighbor and one of the leaders of the Oxford Movement.
Yonge is herself sometimes referred to as "the novelist of the Oxford Movement", as her novels frequently reflect the values and concerns of Anglo-Catholicism. She remained in Otterbourne all her life and for 71 years was a teacher in the village Sunday school. Yonge died in her home town of Otterbourne on 24 May Her obituary in The Times said:.
Her friends, and especially her poorer neighbors, knew both the strength and the winning charm of her character. Thus, the late Archbishop Benson noted in his diary her 'odd majesty and kindliness, which are very strong'. But it is of course as a writer that Miss Yonge will be remembered. She had an inventive mind and a ready pen, and a bare list of the books written or edited by her would probably occupy nearly a whole column of The Times. She wrote chiefly for young people, especially young girls, and her books are the result not only of a strong ethical purpose, but also of her firm devotion to the High Church view of Christian doctrine and practice.
She began writing in , and published during her long life about works, chiefly novels.
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Her first commercial success, The Heir of Redclyffe , provided the funding to enable the schooner Southern Cross to be put into service on behalf of George Selwyn. Similar charitable works were done with the profits from later novels.
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Yonge was also a founder and editor for forty years of The Monthly Packet, a magazine founded in with a varied readership but targeted at British Anglican girls in later years it was addressed to a somewhat wider readership. A Book of Golden Deeds is a collection of true stories of courage and self-sacrifice. She also wrote Cameos from English History. Yonge created a literary group made up of younger girl cousins in order that they could write essays and gain advice from Yonge on their writing. Together they created "The Barnacle" and this collaboration continued until about This was valuable as this may have been the last generation of girls to be educated at home.
Her personal example and influence on her god-daughter, Alice Mary Coleridge, played a formative role in Coleridge's zeal for women's education and thus, indirectly, led to the foundation of Abbots Bromley School for Girls. After her death, her friend, assistant and collaborator, Christabel Coleridge, published the biographical Charlotte Mary Yonge: her Life and Letters Yonge's work was widely read and respected in the nineteenth century.
William Morris and Edward Burne-Jones read The Heir of Redclyffe aloud to each other while undergraduates at Oxford University and "took the hero, Guy Morville's medieval tastes and chivalric ideals as presiding elements in the formation of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood. Sir John Arthur Ransome Marriott wrote of her:. Charlotte Yonge — was not only a prolific novelist, but a serious student of history, especially in its personal aspects.
With characteristic modesty she expressed the hope that her sketch might "serve as an inducement to some young readers to make acquaintance with the delectable old Canon Froissart for themselves". The wise, of all ages, will fulfil her hope. Skip to main content.