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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 Gandhi, MohandasMohandas Karamchand (later given the title of Mahatma) Gandhi (1869 - 1948), Indian political leader...
icon Gandhis (The)See Mohandas Karamchand Ghandi
icon Garnett, RichardRichard Garnett (1835 - 1906) was a British librarian and writer. In 1851 he became an assistant in ...
icon Gau, JuliusJulius Gau (1845 - 1927) was briefly engaged to Olive Schreiner in 1872. She met Gau at the home of ...
icon George, David LloydDavid Lloyd George (1863-1945) was a British Liberal politician and Prime Minister between 1916 and ...
icon Gie, HarryHarry Gie was a friend of Olive Schreiner’s and a family connection of her sister-in-law Fan S...
icon Gillett, MargaretMargaret Gillett (nee Clark) (1878 - 1962) was member of the prominent Quaker and shoe-manufacturing...
icon Gladstone, HerbertHerbert John Gladstone (1854 - 1930) was the youngest son of William Gladstone and a prominent Briti...
icon Gladstone, William EwartWilliam Ewart Gladstone (1809 - 1898) was a British Liberal politician and four times British Prime ...
icon Glasier, John BruceJohn Bruce Glasier (1859 - 1920) was a British politician highly prominent in the Labour movement. B...
icon Glasier, Katherine BruceKatharine St John Bruce Glasier (nee Conway) (1867-1950) was a British socialist politician. From a ...
icon Goethe, Johann Wolfgang vonJohann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749 - 1832) was a German writer and polymath, widely regarded as the gr...
icon Gokhale, Gopal KrishnaGopal Krishna Gokhale (1866 - 1915) was an important figure in the Indian independence movement agai...
icon Goosen, MrsFrom Schreiner’s single extant letter to Mrs Goosen of 1909, it is evident that she was involv...
icon Graham, AimyeAimye Ismena Graham (nee Gavin) was the wife of Thomas Graham (1860 - 1940), an advocate and later t...
icon Greathead, MrsFrom Schreiner’s letters to Lucy Molteno written in London during the First World War, it is a...
icon Greene, AliceAlice Matilda Greene (1858 - 1920) was the third child of William and Charlotte Greene (nee Smith). ...
icon Greene, EvaEva Greene nee Stutzer (1883 - 1979) was married to Edward Greene, a younger brother of Olive Schrei...
icon Greene, FlorenceFlorence Greene (1855 - 1939) was the eldest sister of Schreiner’s close friend Alice Greene. ...
icon Greene, HelenHelen Greene (1870 - 1960) was the youngest sister of Schreiner’s close friend Alice Greene. H...
icon Greene, PollyMary Charlotte (Polly) Greene (1860 - 1951) was a younger sister of Schreiner’s close friend A...
icon Gregg, Colonel ThomasTommy Gregg (Lieut.-Colonel W.T.H. Gregg) married Lyndall (‘Dot’) Schreiner, Will and Fa...
icon Grey, Sir GeorgeGeorge Grey (1812 - 1898) was a British colonial governor and statesman. Grey had a military backgro...