About the Author
Barbara Dennis is Head of the Department of Victorian Studies at the Department of English, St David's University College, Lampeter, University of Wales. Charlotte Mary Yonge (1823-1901) was born at Otterbourne, near Winchester, where she lived all her life. At the age of 15 she fell under the influence of the Oxford Movement and John Keble was to be her lifelong mentor. Her family consented to allow her to publish only if the earnings were donated to charity, and her father read, criticized and changed at will everything she wrote; after his death, Keble assumed this role. Her work was admired by Tennyson, Kingsley, Rossetti, and William Morris and her books were said to be the favourite reading of young officers in the Crimean War.
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