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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 Radford, DollyCaroline (known as Dollie or Dolly) Maitland (1858 - 1920) was a British writer and poet. In 1883 sh...
icon Reitz, BessieBessie Reitz was the daughter of Frank Reitz and thus a niece of Fan Schreiner’s, and she late...
icon Reitz, Frank (Francis) WilliamFrancis William Reitz (1844 - 1934) was a South African politician and for a time President of the O...
icon Rhodes, Cecil JohnCecil John Rhodes (1853 - 1902) was a mining magnate, Cape politician and arch-imperialist in southe...
icon Rhys, ErnestErnest Percival Rhys (1859 - 1946) was an English writer and editor, now best known for his role as ...
icon Rhys Davids, Caroline Augusta FoleyCaroline Rhy Davids nee Foley (1857 - 1942) was a British Pali scholar and translator, the daughter ...
icon Rhys Davids, ThomasThomas William Rhys Davids (1843 - 1922) was an Orientalist scholar who had studied Greek and Sanskr...
icon Riley, FredFred Riley was the artist husband of Schreiner’s friend Nelly Riley nee Pruse, also an artist....
icon Ritchie, Professor and Mrs D GDavid George Ritchie (1853 - 1903) and his second wife Ellen Sara Haycraft, who he married in 1889, ...
icon Roberts, Mary KingMary Roberts nee King was a friend of Schreiner’s who married Cambridge academic Dr Robert Dav...
icon Roberts, Dr Robert DaviesRobert Davies Roberts (1851 - 1911) was a geologist, Cambridge academic and pioneer in the Universit...
icon Roberts BrothersRoberts Brothers (1857-1898) was a bookbinding and publishing firm based in Boston, USA. Roberts Bro...
icon Robinson, Reverend ZadokSchreiner stayed at the home of the Rev. Zadok Robinson and his wife Susanna in the small South Afri...
icon Rolland, ElizabethElizabeth Rolland (nee Lyndall) was the half-sister of Rebecca Schreiner. She had travelled to the C...
icon Rolland, EmileEmile Rolland, Schreiner’s cousin and a son of Elizabeth and Samuel Rolland, was married to Ma...
icon Rolland, EmmaEmmie Rolland, Schreiner’s cousin and a daughter of Elizabeth and Samuel Rolland, was married ...
icon Rolland, MaggieMaggie Rolland was the wife of Schreiner’s cousin Emile Rolland. Schoeman speculates that Lill...
icon Roos, TielmanTielman Johannes De Villiers Roos (1879 - 1935) was a South African politician, advocate and eventua...
icon Rosenberg, IssacIsaac Rosenberg (1890 - 1918) was a working class British artist and poet. He grew up mainly in the ...
icon Rubusana, WalterWalter Benson Rubusana (1858 - 1936) was a South African church minister and political leader. He wa...
icon Russell, BertrandBertrand Arthur William Russell (1872 - 1970) was a British philosopher, journalist, social commenta...