The Essential Schreiner
‘The Essential Schreiner’ pages provide readers with all the basics about Olive Schreiner’s letters, publications and events in her life.
The ‘Must Read’ letters is a miscellany drawn across Schreiner’s interests and writing styles from the 1870s to 1920 and contains many ‘great letters’, some of which send shivers down the spine in terms of their prophetic accuracy regarding, for instance, in 1909 concerning where South African nationalism and ‘race’ politics would take it, or in 1914 that an even more terrible war than the Great War had already been set in motion. It also contains letters which are ordinary, angry, joyful, sad, curious, amused and much more, and gives an overview of Schreiner's letter-writing across her life-time. The ‘Changes, Transitions & Turning-Points’ collection contains letters concerned with ordinary as well as extraordinary changes and turning-points in her life, and which provide food for thought regarding what she saw as her successes and failures. In addition, Olive Schreiner had a lively sense of humour and keenly relished the odd, funny or wry side of life, with ‘The Lighter Side’ letters showing a side of her that biographers and commentators on her work rarely mention, that she was really good fun, as well as many other things as well. 'Schreiner Publications' is just that, a list of Schreiner's major and minor publications, with a good many of the latter not previously known about. ‘A Schreiner Chronology’ lists main events and movements of the Schreiner family as well as Olive Schreiner herself and will help to place her and her activities in time and space.