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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 Barnato, BarneyBarnett Isaacs (‘Barney’) Barnato (1852 - 1897) was a key figure in the early developmen...
icon Barrett, WilsonWilliam Henry Barrett (1846 - 1904), known as Wilson Barrett, was a British playwright and actor. He...
icon Basson, PierrePierre Corneille Faculys Basson, “in all probability, South Africa’s first mass murderer...
icon Batthyany, LilyLilly Batthyany was the wife of the Hungarian aristocrat Count Ervin Batthyany, a friend of Edward C...
icon Batthyanys (The)See Lilly Batthyany
icon Battie, MissMiss Battie was a typist who Schreiner approached to type some of her manuscripts. No further inform...
icon Beit, AlfredAlfred Beit (1853-1906) was a mining magnate, close associate of Cecil Rhodes, and played a key role...
icon Benet, IanNo further information about this person is available.
icon Bertram, WillieJohn William Bertram (1845 - 1879) was the son of Rev J.P. Bertram, Gottlob Schreiner’s predec...
icon Besant, AnnieAnnie Besant nee Wood (1847-1933) was a British social activist, theosophist and campaigner. In 1867...
icon Beyers, General Christiaan FrederikChristiaan Frederik Beyers (1869 - 1914) was an important Boer general during the 1899-1902 South Af...
icon Bland, EdithEdith Bland nee Nesbit (1858 - 1924) was a well-known British writer. She married Hubert Bland in 18...
icon Bolus, LilyLily Bolus (1877 - 1970) was a botanist and former teacher at the Port Elizabeth Collegiate School f...
icon Boonzaier, Daniel CornelisDaniel Cornelis Boonzaier (1865 - 1950) was a South African caricaturist and political cartoonist, a...
icon Botha, LouisLouis Botha (1862 - 1919) was a Boer general, South African politician, and then first Prime Ministe...
icon Brackenbury, GeorgianaGeorgiana Brackenbury (1865 - 1949) was an important figure in the British women’s suffrage mo...
icon Brackenbury, Mrs HildaHilda Brackenbury (1832 - 1918) was the mother of Georgiana Brackenbury and an important figure in t...
icon Brackenburys (The)Refers to Georgiana Brackenbury and
icon Broadbent, Sir WilliamSir William Henry Broadbent (1835-1907) was a British physician. He became a renowned expert on both...
icon Brown, ArthurArthur Brown married Schreiner’s niece Effie Hemming in 1903. There are three extant letters f...
icon Brown, JohnDr John Brown (1842 - 1929) was a medical doctor, originally from Scotland, but who with his wife Ma...
icon Brown, JulieJulia Mary Brown was a daughter of Schreiner’s friends John and Mary Brown. She occasionally n...
icon Brown, MaryMary Brown nee Solomon (1847 - 1935) was the third daughter of Henry Solomon and niece of the Cape p...
icon Brown, RachelRachel ‘Ray’ Brown was a daughter of Schreiner’s friends John and Mary Brown. She ...
icon Browns (The)Refers to John Brown and
icon Butler, JosephineJosephine Elizabeth Butler nee Grey (1828-1906) was a British social reformer and campaigner for wom...
icon Butler, General/Sir William FrancesWilliam Francis Butler (1838 - 1910) was a British army officer and author. Of Irish birth he joined...