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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 Caird, Mona(Alice) Mona Caird nee Alison (1854 - 1932) was a ‘New Woman’ writer who, in addition to...
icon Carpenter, EdwardEdward Carpenter (1844 - 1929), was a writer, socialist philosopher and a pioneering gay, womenÂ’s an...
icon Cartwright, AlbertJournalist Albert Cartwright (1868 - 1956) took up the editorship of the South African News i
icon Catt, Carrie ChapmanCarrie Chapman Catt (nee Clinton Lane) (1859 - 1947) was an American suffrage activist. She became c...
icon Cawood, CliffordAnnie Clifford Cawood (1864 - 1949) was the eldest child of Erilda and Richard Cawood on whose farm ...
icon Cawood, DoraDora Cawood was a daughter of Richard and Erilda Cawood, on whose farm Ganna Hoek Schreiner frequent...
icon Cawood, ErildaErilda Louisa Elizabeth Cawood nee Buckley (1842 - 1903) was born near Fort Beaufort and married Ric...
icon Cawood, GladysSarah Gladys Cawood, who was born in 1872 and died in about 1949, was a daughter of Richard and Eril...
icon Cawood, WillieWilliam Kidger Cawood (1866 - 1906), known as Willie, was a son of Richard and Erilda Cawood, on who...
icon Chamberlain, JosephJoseph Chamberlain (1836 - 1914) was a British politician who by the beginning of the twentieth cent...
icon Chapin, AdeleAdele Chapin was the wife of the US Consul at Johannesburg, Robert Chapin, in the period leading up ...
icon Chapman, FredericFrederic Chapman (1823 - 1895) was a British publisher and it was his firm which first published Sch...
icon Chapman and HallSee Frederic Chapman
icon Chubb, PercivalPercival Ashley Chubb (1860 - 1960) was a prominent British Fabian. He was a member of the Progressi...
icon Churchill, WinstonSir Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill (1874-1965) was a British politician and twice prime minister....
icon Clark, AliceAlice Clark (1874 - 1934) was a British women's rights campaigner, pioneering historian, and a membe...
icon Clemes, IsabellaIsabella J. Clemes was a Mathematics teacher and a graduate of Newnham College, Cambridge. A member ...
icon Cobb, ElisabethElisabeth Cobb (nee Sharpe), wife of the nonconformist banker, solicitor and Liberal MP, Henry Cobb,...
icon Colenso, FrankFrancis Ernest (Frank) Colenso (1852 - 1910) was a Zulu rights campaigner, son of the famous Bishop ...
icon Colenso, HarrietHarriet (or Harriette) Emily Colenso (1847 - 1932) was the eldest daughter of John William Colenso a...
icon Colenso, SophieSophie Colenso nee Frankland (born 1855) was the daughter of Sir Edward Frankland, Professor of Chem...
icon Conybeare, EmilyEmily Conybeare was a British feminist who visited South Africa in 1891. She was closely associated ...
icon Cornwall, MosesMoses Cornwall (1841-1906) was the electoral returning officer in Kimberley who in 1897 had Cronwrig...
icon Corthorn, AliceAlice Corthorn was a British medical doctor whose studies were in part funded by Olive Schreiner. Sc...
icon Costelloe, Mrs MaryMary Costelloe nee Pearsall Smith was an aunt of Schreiner’s friend Alys Pearsall Smith. She w...
icon Costelloe, RayRachel Pearsall Conn (Ray) Strachey nee Costelloe (1887 - 1940) was a British feminist activist and ...
icon Costelloes (The)See Mary Costelloe
icon Creswell, FrederickFrederic Hugh Page Creswell (1866 - 1948) was born in Gibraltar but went on to become an important S...
icon Cronwright, AlfredAlfred Cronwright (born 1874) was one of Samuel Cronwright’s brothers.
icon Cronwright, BeatriceElla Beatrice Featherstone Cronwright (born 1877) was Samuel ‘Cron’ Cronwright’s s...
icon Cronwright, LouieNo further information about this person is currently available
icon Cronwright, Louisa ZipporahLouisa Zipporah Cronwright (1861 - 1929) was Samuel ‘Cron’ Cronwright’s eldest sis...
icon Cronwright, MorthlandJoseph Morthland Cotterill Cronwright (born 1872) was one of Samuel Cronwright’s brothers. He ...
icon Cronwright, WillieNo further information about this person is currently available
icon Cronwright, ZipporahZipporah Cronwright nee Featherstone (1835 - 1912) was Samuel ‘Cron’ Cronwright’s ...
icon Cronwright-Schreiner, Cron (Samuel)Cron Cronwright (later Cronwright-Schreiner, later still Cronwright again) (1863 - 1936) was Olive S...
icon Cross, G. W.George William Cross (1851 - 1920) travelled to South Africa from Britain in 1877 to take up the min...