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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 Hadden, MrsMrs Hadden appears to have been a neighbour of Schreiner’s, but whether in Kimberley, Johannes...
icon Haddon, CarolineCaroline Haddon was the sister of Margaret Haddon, who married James Hinton. Caroline Haddon ran a g...
icon Haggard, H RiderSir (Henry) Rider Haggard (1856 - 1925) was a British novelist and is often now most closely associa...
icon Haldane Murrays (The)Refers to Minnie Murray and
icon Hall, H FieldingHarold Fielding Hall was the author of The Soul of a People (1898), a book which had a profou
icon Hardie, Keir(James) Keir Hardie (1856 - 1915) was the founder of the British Labour Party and also of the newspa...
icon Harkness, MargaretMargaret (‘Maggie’) Elise Harkness (1854 - 1923) was a British writer and journalist, an...
icon Harris, FrankJames Thomas (Frank) Harris (1856 - 1931) was a British journalist and from 1886 he edited the influ...
icon Harte, BretBret Harte (1836 - 1902) was an American novelist. Schreiner makes repeated reference in her letters...
icon Hay, WilliamWilliam Hay (1845 - 1932) with his brother George was founder of the Cape Mercury, a n
icon Hemming, AliceAlice Elizabeth Hemming nee Schreiner (1845 - 1884) was Olive Schreiner’s second eldest sister...
icon Hemming, EffieEthelwyn (‘Effie’) Brown nee Hemming was one of the daughters of Alice Hemming nee Schre...
icon Hemming, ElbertElbert Hemming was one of the children of Schreiner’s sister Alice Hemming and her husband Rob...
icon Hemming, GuyGuy Hemming was one of the children of Schreiner’s sister Alice Hemming and her husband Robert...
icon Hemming, RobertRobert Campbell Hemming, son a prominent Cape Town civil servant, married Olive Schreiner’s si...
icon Hemming, WynnieWinifred or Wynnie Hemming was a daughter of Alice Hemming nee Schreiner and her husband Robert, and...
icon Henderson, JamesJames Henderson (1867 - 1930) was a Presbyterian missionary in South Africa and the third principal ...
icon Hertzog, BarryJames Barry Munnik Hertzog (1866 - 1942) was a Boer general and South African politician. He studied...
icon Hinton, DaisyDaisy Hinton was the younger of Margaret and James Hinton’s two daughters. She appears to have...
icon Hinton, HowardHoward Hinton was the son of James Hinton. He seems to have shared some of his father’s sexual...
icon Hinton, JamesJames Hinton (1822 - 1875) was a British aural surgeon and writer on political, social, sexual and r...
icon Hinton, MargaretMargaret Haddon (born 1825/6) was the daughter of John Haddon, a printer. She married James Hinton i...
icon Hobhouse, EmilyEmily Hobhouse (1860 - 1926) was a British social reformer and charity worker. Hobhouse’s moth...
icon Hobson, John AtkinsonJohn Atkinson Hobson (1858 - 1940) was a British economist, sociologist and social theorist who wrot...
icon Hodgson, JoanJoan Wickham married Schreiner’s friend John Hodgson in August 1918. Her brief ‘reminisc...
icon Hodgson, John LawrenceJohn Hodgson was an engineer and would be literary figure who became a friend of Olive Schreiner?s d...
icon Hofmeyr, Jan HendrickJan Hendrik (‘Onze Jan’) Hofmeyr (1845 - 1909) was a prominent Cape politician and newspaper editor....
icon Holub, EmilEmil Holub (1847 - 1902) was a doctor and explorer, and of Czech birth. After studying medicine he w...
icon Hope, HamiltonHamilton Hope was the husband of Schreiner’s cousin Emmie Hope nee Rolland. Olive Schreiner st...
icon Hopkins, ElliceEllice Hopkins (1836 - 1904) was a British social activist who campaigned against sexual double stan...
icon Hunt, AlbertAlbert Hunt was an employee of the Castle Mail Packets Company owned by Donald Currie. SchreinerR...
icon Hyett, IdaIda Hyett was Edward Carpenter's niece, the daughter of his sister Ellen and her husband Francis Ada...