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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 De La Rey, General JacobusJacobus Hercules (Koos) De La Rey (1847 - 1914) was an important Boer general during the 1899-1902 S...
icon De Villiers, Mrs C C (Charles Christiaan)Mrs CC De Villiers (her personal name cannot be established) was the wife of Charles Christiaan de V...
icon De Villiers, MinnieMinnie Edith De Villiers nee Drummond was the wife of South African judge Opie or Oefie De Villiers....
icon De Villiers, OpieSir Jean Etienne Reenen (Oefie or Opie) De Villiers (1875 - 1947) was a well-known South African jud...
icon De Villiers, WinifredFrom Schreiner’s single extant letter to Winifred de Villiers, it is clear that she was involv...
icon De Wet, ChristiaanChristiaan Rudolph De Wet (1854 - 1922) was a key Boer general during the 1899-1902 South African Wa...
icon De Wet, MarieMarie Koopmans De Wet (1834 - 1906) was a well-known figure in Cape cultural and political circles, ...
icon Dick, MollyMolly Dick was a daughter of Rachel (‘Ray’) Dick nee Brown, who was herself the daughter...
icon Dilke, CharlesSir Charles Wentworth Dilke (1843 - 1911) was a British politician and writer. Dilke was educated at...
icon Dilke, Emilia FrancesEmilia Francis Dilke nee Strong (1840 - 1904) was a British art historian, feminist and involved in ...
icon DinuzuluDinuzulu (1868 - 1913) was the eldest son of the last king of an independent Zululand, Cetshwayo. Ce...
icon Dirks, William H.William H. Dirks was a writer and also a colleague of Ernest Rhys’ at Walter Scott publishing ...
icon Donkin, BryanHoratio Bryan Donkin (1842 - 1927) was a British medical doctor who Schreiner came to know through h...
icon Drew, MaryMary Drew nee Gladstone (1847 - 1927), was a political secretary and a writer, and also an active fe...
icon Du Bois, W E BWilliam Edward Burghardt Du Bois (1868 - 1963) was a black American writer and activist. Du Bois was...
icon Dube, JohnJohn Langalibalele Dube (1871 - 1946) was a South African educationalist and Zulu political leader. ...
icon Duncan, PatrickPatrick Duncan (1870 - 1943) was born in Scotland, but after joining the British civil service was r...