Charlotte Yonge, a best-seller admired by her greatest literary contemporaries in the mid-nineteenth century, but ignored or vilified by critics for the next hundred years, has recently received some attention from biographers, from historians of the Oxford Movement and of children’s literature, and from feminist critics; but her literary art, as novelist, historian and critic, has not enjoyed much recognition. Alethea Hayter’s book appraises her as a writer, not simply as a symptom of her times, surveying her non-fictional studies in history, onomastics and wild-life as well as her family chronicles, historical novels and children’s books.
Alethea Hayter is a literary critic and historian who has published six books on 19thC literature, including a study of opium addict writers: Opium and the Romantic Imagination, for which she was awarded The British Academy Rose Mary Crawshaw Prize. She is a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and received an OBE in 1970.
216 × 138 mm
July 1, 1996
Writers and their Work