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|Archive||Harry Ransom Center, University of Texas, Austin
|Letter Date||Sunday 1 July 1888
|Address From||Roseneath, Harpenden, Hertfordshire
|Who To||Havelock Ellis
|Other Versions||Cronwright-Schreiner 1924: 137; Draznin 1992: 442
The manuscript of this letter by Olive Schreiner belongs to the Archive referenced above; its ownership of the original should be acknowledged by referencing the letter as indicated: Copyright transcription: © Olive Schreiner Letters Project. This transcription can be freely used as long as copyright is acknowledged and it is referenced using the following citation: ‘Olive Schreiner to Havelock Ellis, 1 July 1888, Harry Ransom Research Center, University of Texas at Austin, Olive Schreiner Letters Project transcription’. Please also supply letter line numbers for specific quotations.
The Project is grateful to the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center, the University of Texas at Austin, for kindly allowing us to transcribe this Olive Schreiner letter, which is part of its Manuscript Collections. This letter has been dated by reference to information written onto it by Ellis. Schreiner was resident in Harpenden from mid June to the end of September 1888.
1: Sunday Night
3: Alice is here. Have been working today. Don’t know special part of
4: Kilburn. Mean that direction generally. Your genius liks lies in the
5: direction of keen, most subtle & understanding criticism. I believe
6: you to be, in reality, the finest critic, that is, the finest judge of
7: a literary or artistic production. I would take your opinion or a work
8: of mine before that of any other person even including Eleanor Marx.
9: Therefore I feel it so bitterly that you should depend in any way on
10: the tinsel which men who have no keen perception & nothing to say to
11: the world must depend on. You are always true, always right & valuable
12: in your naked simple idea. Why hide it & dress it. Why not write as
13: you write your letters.
15: What days are you oftenest in town.
Draznin's (1992) version of this letter is in some respects different from our transcription. Cronwright-Schreiner's (1924) extract is incorrect in various ways.