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Dramatis Personae

The ‘Dramatis Personae’ provides biographical and other information about all the people to whom Olive Schreiner wrote letters, and also concerning a large number of the people her letters mention as well. Where appropriate and possible, references to the South African and the Oxford dictionaries of national biography and also other relevant publications have been provided.

Just click on the letters of the alphabet below to see the information. In addition, clicking on the live links on people’s names in Olive Schreiner’s letters will also take you straight to this information.

Key: recipient icon signifies the person is a recipient (and mentioned) | mentioned icon signifies the person is only mentioned


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icon Abdurahman, AbdullahAbdullah Abdurahman (1872 - 1940) was a South African political leader who championed the rights of ...
icon Adams, GeorgeGeorge Adams was an important figure in the life of Schreiner’s close friend Edward Carpenter....
icon Addams, JaneJane Addams (1860 - 1935) was an American social campaigner, suffragette and peace worker, and in 19...
icon Alexander, MorrisMorris Alexander (1877 - 1946) was a lawyer and Cape parliamentarian. Alexander came from a German-J...
icon Alexander, RuthRuth Alexander nee Schechter (1888 - 1942) was the daughter of a well-known Hebrew scholar, Solomon ...
icon Alexanders (The)Refers to Ruth Alexander nee Schechter and
icon Angell, NormanNorman Angell (1872 - 1967), formerly Ralph Norman Angell Lane, was a British peace campaigner and w...
icon Arnold, MatthewMatthew Arnold (1822 - 1888) was an influential British poet, literary and social critic and inspect...
icon Asquith, Herbert HenryHerbert Asquith (1852 - 1928) was British Prime Minister between 1908 and 1916. A Liberal, Asquith w...
icon Aveling, EdwardEdward Bibbens Aveling (1849 - 1898) was a socialist campaigner and the long-term lover of Karl Marx...
icon Avelings (The)Refers to Eleanor Marx and
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