"Many men are neither worthy of
their wives, nor of their dogs"

Charlotte M(ary) Yonge 1823-1901 Novelist. The daughter of a country gentleman who educated her himself, Charlotte M. Yonge was born at Ottrerbourne in Hampshire and spent the whole of her long life in the village. She was deeply influenced by John Keble, vicar of the neighbouring parish of Hursley, and expounded his religious views in her work. A prolific authoir of adult and children's fiction, she produced 160 books in all. The first was Abbeychurch, or, Self-Control and Self-Conceit (1844) but The Heir of Redclyffe (1854) began her popular success. It was followed by The Daisy Chain (1856) and several later volumes continuing the fortunes of the May family. The authenticity of her home and family backgrounds makes these works an excellent source of information about Victorian middle-class life. An admirer of Sir Walter Scott, she chose a historical setting for many of her novels, among them The Little Duke (1854), The Lances of Lynwood (1855), The Prince and the Page (1865) and The Caged Lion (1870). She also edited The Monthly Packet for nearly 50 years, and published biographies of Bishop Patterson (1874) and Hannah More (1888) and a History of France (1879).


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