Charlotte Yonge, Hopes and Fears

Clare Walker Gore (The Open University)
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Hopes and Fears, or,


Scenes from the Life of a Spinster

 is a domestic realist novel by Charlotte Mary Yonge, first published by John W. Parker in 1860, and arguably marking a high point in Yonge’s work in this genre. By the time Yonge published the novel, she was already a household name. Made famous by her 1853 best-seller 

The Heir of Redclyffe

, Yonge had established herself as a major writer of domestic realist fiction – then at the height of its popularity – with a string of well-received novels, including 



The Daisy Chain

 (1856) and 

Dynevor Terrace

 (1857). These are all set in upper-middle-class English families, following large casts of characters over a long period of time, and characterised by slow-burning plots, convincing dialogue, and vivid,…

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Citation: Walker Gore, Clare. "Hopes and Fears". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 26 April 2023 [, accessed 26 May 2024.]

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